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Miniature Mica Abstracts

Miniature Mica Abstracts

By Marielle Uprichard


Original artworks



Set of four

£195 each


Marielle's work is new to the gallery for 2024 and perfect for our Precious Little spring theme.


Mica is a naturally-produced mineral designed to create a shimmery, metallic-like effect that enhances any design. It comes in a multitude of colours and types.


Unusually, Marielle is not using it in powder form to add texture to pigment - she is using pieces of mica and layering them up into a complex, delicate mixed media collage that catches the light and plays with pattern created by one form overlapping another.


“During the time I lived in Zimbabwe, I visited a mine where I came across large rocks of mica strewn on the ground. These ingenious and metamorphic rocks are composed of silicate minerals. The macrostructure splits easily into thin layers and flakes which I often use in collages to add another dimension.”


These precious natural treasures have been turned into eyecatching artworks  by Marielle and are beautifully framed, drawing the eye into each design, by Eight Bells Framing in Tetbury.


    Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Marielle has spent most of her life in Africa. She studied History of art and at Stellenbosch University and then went on to work as a textile designer in Cape Town. She later moved to Zimbabwe where she started her journey as a full-time artist.


    In 1997 she emigrated to the UK and settled in a picturesque Cotswold village where she paints in her studio today. Her work has been exhibited in Africa and the UK.


    Marielle’s inspiration derives from her colourful background and her love for nature. She strives to create a relationship between both the visible world and the ‘inner landscape’, a kind of dialogue which finds expression through the use of various techniques, materials and colours. Each painting evokes a unique atmosphere, often a peaceful mood.


    Her African roots have inspired her to experiment with different media, such as pigments mixed with oil and cold wax. The diverse media, combined with unusual tools and equipment - for example a porcupine quill for fine detail - enable her to express herself and, in turn, create a close connection with the subject matter.


    “I have discovered a great freedom within myself in using colour as a vehicle to manifest my thoughts and feelings. The colour is no longer bound by form but expands onto the canvas or board to evoke a memory or a vision of a horizon; a threshold experience from which colours either emerge or recede as they are infused by light or darkness.” 

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