Impressions in wood
Marianne Broch is working with a broad spectrum of natural materials, but keeps coming back
to the material of wood in different forms, ranging from large logs to untouched twigs and even cellulose.
Her approach is sober and down to earth. Grounded in the daily work and life itself, the artist searches for the core of everything; something constant and unchangeable.
Form and texture is of great importance in Broch's art. The tree is monumental and malleable and gives endless possibilities. In her works clear references to forestry and Norwegian culture can be found; but she also draws parallels to the humane. The walking stick represents the life journey we all undertake; cracks and annual rigs reflect it for better and for worse, and the fragile graining of the tree mass outlines its frailties.
The way the artist attempt to penetrate the material of the tree, she seeks to reveal the fragile human being behind the mask.
To wander in forest and mountain gathering materials is an important part of the artistic process. It is the same with the physical work required to work the wood. Broch seeks to transform familiar experiences, natural phenomena and objects into objects that represent something more than their origin. The expressions goal with the audience is to get them to see things from a new angle: At the same time as the objects draw their meaning from the forest or culture, they are seen out of context to express something unexpected.