Artist Marcelle Mansour: “Mothers should not feel guilty about pursuing their goals”

Award-winning Australian Palestinian visual artist and writer Marcelle Mansour has enjoyed a successful professional career that spans over three decades, but the mother of four (and grandmother of five) will make no excuses for being a working mum.

Marcelle has been practicing visual arts since the early 1980s, creating representational art including portraits, murals, sceneries and abstract works and says her love of art is to hard to ignore.

Marcelle Mansour's work "Transformation" Light/Mixed Media Painting 44x33x14cm

Marcelle Mansour’s work “Transformation” Light/Mixed Media Painting.

“I chose to never give up on my career,” she says proudly. “Since I was a child I loved to paint, I was drawn to the visual arts and even as a mum I could not give it up.”

“Everyone has to make sacrifices and life is about balance. I chose to have a family and devote my time to them but that didn’t mean I stopped working hard on my art. Mothers should not feel guilty about pursuing their goals, because God gives us talent to share with the world, to make it a better place.”

Marcelle’s works have been on exhibit around the globe, just recently her exhibition titled Threshold has been showcased in New York,  Mary MacKillop Museum in North Sydney and at Bankstown Arts Centre.

“In my latest work I use light and perception to create art. It is very enjoyable to make and I have used my latest art to promote world peace, a rebirth for humanity,” she explains.

This theme of “a rebirth of humanity” is just one of the many analogies that Marcelle uses to convey the reoccurring themes that relate to motherhood in her work.

Earlier in her career, Marcelle created a collection of works featuring a female mother figure. The collection called Shifting Hearts features a woman carrying different symbols that relate to identity and transformation.

Artwork titled "Voice of Liberation" by Marcelle Mansour.

Artwork titled “Voice of Liberation” by Marcelle Mansour.

“I am originally from Palestine and my work represents my home country. In an art work I created called Voice of Liberation, there is a mother figure carrying both the countries I love in her heart – Australia and Palestine. They are both dear to me,” she explains.

Marcelle’s continuous advocacy for peace through her work has earned her the title of Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Foundation. Marcelle is set to speak about her latest work Threshold this Monday 6 April at 6.30pm at 836 George Street, Sydney.


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