Austin, TX / United States
Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 1974, Marlene Jorge is a neurodivergent, autodidact, pop surrealist artist who addresses unconsciousness in its true nature. Jorge offers a unique version of liberated unconsciousness. Her style is best known for its liberation from the common perspective , providing a subtle yet unique composition from an elevated place, inviting the spectators to break free from preconceptions or society's blueprints.
Marlene Jorge spent her youth between her native Dom. Rep and USA . The artist's first drawing composition is dated 1982 which is currently owned by the artist's Mother, who had observed Jorge’s artistry to drawing and painting at the very early age of 5. Challenging the spectators to sympathize with their inner selves; untouched by preconceived social, cultural and background fostering. Jorge's style invites us to understand and embrace who we truly are without the life-giving preconceptions we ceaselessly experience.
My process is made of impromptu expression and unforced outbursts, and my compositions are like a personal diary, with works stemming from volatile emotions that well up within my mind and inquisitive spirit. I try channeling my creative urges in order to produce unique artwork by extracting all creative juice from daily emotion-triggering activities, as much as from more personal, deep realms.
Who are you (tell us briefly about yourself)?
As a person, I am Marlene Jorge, and I am an autodidact neurodivergent Pop Surrealist Visual Artist originally from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. As a soul, I am a force going through a physical plane on this planet, gathering enough data to take with me when I have to move onto a different spiritual plane.
What inspires your art practice?
People. I have always been captivated by people's facial expressions, body language, etc. To me, portraits are a beautiful way to celebrate life and a reminder of our own humanity. Very particular psychological enlightenment occurs when you gaze at someone's eyes & face to paint them, and unknowingly we start paving a pathway to unconscious personal connection. My body of work represents this fusion of my fascination for facial expressions, emotions I may perceive from them, personal introspection and dreams, which I often write down in my notebook after waking up.
What drives you to keep going every day?
The knowledge was created for a greater purpose, translated into lifting others when needed and just as I would like to be lifted if required, through art.
What's the number one advice to fellow women artists?
Do not wait for someone else to push you or help you accomplish what you dream of because the biggest pusher is yourself; believe in yourself even on difficult days. Keep going, dreaming and working on your dreams because the greatest satisfaction is to look back and realize you did everything possible to follow the part God aligned as your destiny. Nobody came to save you or make your dreams come true but yourself. This is your life, your path, and only you can make it a reality.