‘Escape into Nature’ is a series of illustrations depicting characters interacting with the natural world. Whether it be someone looking after a potted plant or someone out on a bushwalk. With these illustrations, the artist wants to explore all elements of what it means to be in nature.
From the artist – Marc Polglaze:
Drawing the natural world has always interested me. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a fascination with birds in particular and animals in general. Australian animals, in particular, are so interesting.
I moved to Australia from Switzerland when I was 8 years old, all of a sudden living in a country where even in a city like Sydney you could see colourful parrots was incredible.
With this exhibition, I have tried to stick to the theme of ‘Escaping into Nature’. There are 3 sets of recurring characters. The swamp boy with the big water lily for a hat who lives kind of as a magical spirit relating directly to animals and plants. The second is Antonia who is the little girl who sometimes wears a red beanie. She interacts with nature in terms of exploring it as a child would by imagining herself on adventures. The third set of characters are Mapi and Juka and they are the most grounded in the real world. You see them gardening or eating a meal surrounded by plants. I wanted to include nature in all the illustrations.
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. My path to becoming an illustrator started 4 years ago with a first an interest in graphic design that became my interest in illustration. My goal is to be published as children’s book illustrator and to find success in that field.