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Maria Rivans – Artist

Maria Rivans is from the UK and describes her work as mash up of surrealism meets pop-art. “My scrapbook like collages with their 1950s pop culture references have a playful delight of an early Paolozzi mixed with the strange surreality of Dali or David Lynch masterpiece. ”

What’s your background?

I was always into art, ever since I could hold a pencil. I followed the art education route, but after my degree I somehow fell into making jewellery. After 15 years of running my own jewellery workshop I became very bored and decided to go back to fine art and began to make collages.

What or who is inspiring you right now?

Music, Sarah lucas, the universe, Alfred Hitchcock and meditation.

What was your first job?

I was 13 and delivered milk to people’s doorsteps. That’s when milk came in glass bottles. I have always been self employed since leaving art school.

How have you developed your career?

I have always worked hard, made my work from my heart and in the early days went for every opportunity that came my way. Stuck at it when things were tough and believed in myself.

What do you aim to say with your work?

My collages intertwine fragments of vintage ephemera with references to film and TV which spin bizarre and dreamlike tales. I am highly influenced by sci-fi, philosophy and Hitchcock.

I talk about life, love, the universe and question what it is to be a human living in this strange physical 3D reality.

Describe your creative process

Scouring, searching, cutting, playing, tussling, flowing, music, thinking, thinking, thinking.

Can you explain and describe where you live?

I live a hundred yards from the sea, I adore the sea it is very important in my life. I work in the center of a very vibrant city. My studio is a building that used to be the lobby of an old cinema. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

What’s your favourite era of design?

I could never pinpoint an era, there is too much out there to love.

Who has been the most inspiration to you?

My mum and dad.

What’s the project your working on right now and you feel most passionately about?

There are a few projects on the go, they are all very different and I am passionate about them all. I have commissioned to write a book on how to collage, this is has been very thought provoking, something I haven’t done before and is quite an education. I am also working on new collages for a show with Bonnie and Clyde art and Joe webb, from a Maria Callas piece for an opera singer to Peggy Ashcroft for a London theatre.

Describe your daily routine.

I cannot say I have a typical routine, each day brings so many new things to deal with. A typical week is full of admin, emails, delivering works, organising print orders, designing prints, drinking tea, making collages… but I always sit down to a good lunch.

How do you stay healthy mentally and physically?

Meditation, good food and a walk by the sea.

What makes you nervous?


Who is the nicest person you have ever worked with?

Bonnie and Clyde art.

Do you dream?

Daydreaming is my speciality.

What’s on your playlist right now?

  • Maribou State – Kingdoms of color
  • Villagers – the art of pretending
  • TVAM – Psychic data
  • Sophie Hunger – molecules
  • John Coltrane
  • Miles Davis

See more on Maria’s website & instagram @mariarivans

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