“Been Dreaming of the Med” 2021
A series of seascapes along the coast of the Italian Amalfi, with a singular scene from Gozo, Malta, a part of Cape Town born Artist and Interior Designer Marie-Louise Koen’s heritage, “been dreaming of the med” is a feast for your eyes, a real visual and mental escape in this time of restricted travel.
Inspired by her travels across Italy, a stark change in inspiration from her usual subject matter in portraiture and female form, this new collection has been “an explorative process” for Marie-Louise. “I just felt drawn to paint beautiful places, probably caused by my nostalgia for travel, for being able to freely and safely immerse myself in different culture. This work allowed me to mentally escape there.”
Further inspired by the words of Amalfi a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and keeping true to her modernist, expressionistic style, Marie-Louise through this collection, creates a real life portal into “a land beyond the sea”.
“SWEET the memory is to me Of a land beyond the sea, Where the waves and mountains meet,Where amid her mulberry-trees Sits Amalfi in the heat, Bathing ever her white feet In the tideless summer seas.” Amalfi, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)