Just that everyone else thinks that except for herself.
By Kinjal Trivedi
The story began when Marla was about 2-year-old and asked her father, Mark, if she could paint. Mark gave her some canvas and a brush and said, “Go play.”
Mark took up painting shortly after his father’s death. Although he did not pursue it as a passion or career, the experience sure rubbed off on Marla as she created some blotches and splashes on large canvases. Her sense of colour distribution and strokes made sense and were compared to those of Jackson Pollock.
Mark’s friend had a coffee shop and was asked to hang his paintings there. When he saw people were interested in ‘buying’ he over time gave Marla’s paintings.
Marla jokingly said, ‘Sure! $250 bucks!’ And people actually paid for it.
One gallery owner was so fascinated that, with permission from Marla’s parents, they put up a secret camera while she painted. This was solely because the larger audience believed that her father was doing most of the painting and it could not have been done by a 2 or 4 year old.
Now Marla is 20 and has a documentary under her name called: My kid could paint that. Along with TV show interviews.
Most times when we see Abstract painting we feel any kid could paint that. And that it’s so easy to just splash colors and call it Art.
The real magic about this style of Art lays in the emotion it evokes in the viewers.
Maybe kids are not taken too seriously when they paint but if you really look at their creativity it’s so unconditioned from the society and pure in nature that the expression leaves you amazed!