Angie Marchinkow is an artist and poet based in British Columbia, Canada.
I was raised in a home where art was the norm. My mother was a music teacher, and my father was a painter and artist-in-denial who taught me to paint with oil at a young age. My childhood was filled with music and making, forest playing, and an imagination full of abstract, nonlinear thinking. I was taught that I could make life into absolutely anything.
Since before my Fine Arts studies began at UBCO in 2003, my focus was 3-dimensional artwork; I had little interest in art class, but blossomed backstage in theatre, creating props and sets. This led to a focus in sculpture and installation in university; I became interested in spaces and tactile visuals- anything that could enhance the viewer’s physical experience with the art.
Throughout the decades I turned to writing in many forms, namely poetry, prose, and movie scenes, as a means of both documenting and dissecting my personal experiences. This creative reflection brought me to both the easel and the typewriter.
I give thanks to a temporary aversion to journaling, as it slid my pen over to movie scenes and poetry instead. Once I was given an old typewriter (which has since been replaced by my current relic) I wrote faster and faster, documenting my thoughts however I could shape them on the paper. The tactile nature of typewritten text quickly drew me into the beauty of writing, and the special experience of holding paper, knowing it was once touched by the person who wrote it.
In the studio, I draw much of my inspiration from my observations in nature, married to my internal emotional dialogue that interprets my experiences as they come. Hand in hand with my writing, my words have become a means of unfolding layers of what I paint on the canvas.
After an 8-year career managing translation content for a children's MMO with the Walt Disney Company, I took my adoration of the arts, process, and people, and spun 180° to dive head first into working as an artist and birth doula full time, giving my heart's professions the attention they deserve.
So, thank you for being here, sharing your love for the arts and finding beauty in the human experience. Welcome to the way I make sense of the world.