Marie Larrivé’s atmospheric illustrations are sure to induce a serious case of wanderlust

One of the most interesting elements of Marie’s recent work is her bold use of color, especially those not usually associated with her natural scenes. In one room, fluorescent pink ducks glide across a rippling lake, and in another, deep pink and yellow hues stain the sky and sea, a figure ready to leap into the warm, inviting water. This interesting trajectory, Marie explains, is rooted in her recent discovery of Risograph printing, a method that lends itself well to a bold and bright use of color.

But, the real means by which Marie creates such a sense of atmosphere in her work is her depictions of the later parts of the day. Its dreamy daytime scenes transition seamlessly into a dark, purple night. “What I like is the dramatic side of the evening”, explains Marie, “it’s melancholy and mysterious and it carries a story so well.” This ability to change the tone of his work is expertly demonstrated in his painted animated film, Black Sun. A chilling story, the film delves into natural disasters, mysterious past lives and the “unexpected journey” of a father and daughter. This intriguing story, accompanied by carefully crafted music and a slowly deepening sense of intrigue, creates suspense brilliantly, contrasting starkly with the idyllic nature of its illustrations and creating the feeling that there is more that lurks beneath the surface of Mary’s shimmering seas…

Wanting “the viewer to feel like they’re in front of the painting”, Marie ensured the film had an organic feel, with visible brushstrokes and subtle movement throughout. And, keeping his personal touch at the center has certainly paid off. Presented in preview at the International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival, this film is for Marie an essential step in her creative journey. Now looking to expand her repertoire of mediums even further, in the coming years, Marie tells us she’s excited to try her hand at animating a feature film.

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