Aesthetic Cultivation with Miss Marley
Marley Myles (Miss Marley) is a multidisciplinary artist working with ink, acrylics, hand embroidery and screen printing in a highly contemporary, pop-surrealist aesthetic.
Do you have a favourite subject matter and what is it that draws you to this? ~ Matriarchal lineage, witches, wild women, emotional experience, identity, feminism and magic… to name a few. I am drawn to the rich symbolism and narrative that these themes conjure and inspire. My work is often a process of exploring my own identity/experience and the un-wilding that society pushes upon us.
What is your greatest weakness and strength as an artist? ~ Navigating creativity within a capitalist system can be challenging. Balancing the need to make a living from my art, whilst making it accessible. Reminding myself not to base my worth on my productivity, I believe this is especially important, as a creative person/artist for me to examine. My strengths include my persistence, commitment and having a sense of
humour about my work!
Do you have anything you still want to learn or explore within your arts practice? ~ Absolutely! I feel like I am only just scratching at the surface! I have so many ideas for works I want to create and experiences to explore. I will always be learning, exploring and playing for the rest of my life. I think being curious and knowing it is never too late to start or try something new is essential to staying connected with your work and life in general. More specifically, I am excited to produce more large-scale paintings. I would love to paint murals and experiment with scale.
What inspires you? ~ Music, story-telling, symbolism, feminism, myths, magic, wild folk, my family, myself, nature. I am inspired by the liminal space of creativity, that in between place where the magic happens.
What are your hopes for the future? ~ Personally – to keep growing and working as an artist. To create and
articulate work that I feel moved by and connected with and that others are too. To be courageous and live and love fully. More broadly – that we experience a shift from the current oppressive system of late stage capitalism and patriarchy to addressing climate change, social justice, with more support for the arts and equality.