Marcelle Mansour, The Gaze, 2021, published in the ‘Circle, Spotlight ’ magazine, Issue 26, Page 104, Dec 2021.
Marcelle Mansour, Energetic Resilience in Transition, 2020, during the COVID- 19 Lockdown, published in “Spotlight” magazine, Page 108, Issue 24, 2021.
Marcelle Mansour’s artworks created in 2020 during the COVID- 19 Lockdown, published in the ‘Artist Talk’ magazine, Issue 15, April 2021.
Marcelle Mansour’ artwork “Global Peace Resilience”, published in Artist Talk Magazine, Issue 14, 26 Jan 2021, link : https://issuu.com/artisttalkmagazine/docs/issue_14
Marcelle Mansour’s artwork , “Explore the joy of Conscience” 2019, published in Artist Portfolio Magazine, 10 year Anniversary, Vol 3, link: https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1884549
Interview by Luca Curci with Marcelle Mansour was published on Itsliquidgroup website:
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ART FOR THE MIND by Marcelle Mansour OAM
Discover the Power of SuperConsiosness Solo Art Exhibition by Marcelle Mansour OAM 26 Oct-5 Nov 2017
Australian-Palestinian Marcelle Mansour’s Cross-Cultural Creative Works Has Seen Her Awarded with an OAM.
On the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list, 12 June 2017. Thank you so much to The Northern District Times newspaper for contacting me and publishing the article today on Wednesday 2017. Thank you so much to the Editor-in-Chief Colin Kerr and the efficient journalist John Besley. My warm regards to the excellent journalist team of Northern District area and Daily Telegraph. Link: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/northern-district-times/australianpalestinian-marcelle-mansours-crosscultural-creative-works-has-seen-her-awarded-with-an-oam/news-story/7967a3ec9a8a19530cda428db2fe6c65
“The Splendour of Super-Consious Mind” Art exhibition by Marcelle Mansour , exposed to Virtual Reality, atArt takes Manhattan Fair, Freize Art Week, May 2017, in Social Media
Art takes Manhattan Fair, Freize Art Week, May 2017, in Social Media, “The Splendour of Super Consious Mind” Art exhibition by Marcelle Mansour , exposed to Virtual Reality, Facebook
Art takes Manhattan Fair, Freize Art Week May 2017, “The Splendour of Super Consious Mind” Art exhibition by Marcelle Mansour, Arte Fuse.
‘ Treasure Forever’ by Marcelle Mansour 2016
Thank you so much to Richard Bell for the on air Radio Interview.
Richard Bell from Northside Radio FM99.3 speaking with Marcelle Mansour to discuss the exhibition opening at Art Space Concourse 7 Dec, 2016.
“Thanks for joining Northside Radio FM99.3 the northshore’s fm99.3 to discuss your exhibition opening at Art Space Concourse December 7.
As a major local multicultural event launch by Multiculturalism Minister John Ajaka, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian his Excellency Dr Izzat Abdulhadi Ambassador of Palestine and artist Pamela Griffith, it was great to review. On behalf of listeners, thanks as well for your encouragement to pursue their passions in local artistic cultural and community participation.” Richard Bell – Chair of Northside Radio.
‘ Treasure Forever’ by Portraitist Marcelle Mansour
Treasure Forever is a New Solo Art Exhibition by Portraitist Artist Marcelle Mansour
will be opening on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at Art Space on the Concourse, Chatswood
Arts Portrays Unity: Northern District Times News Local. NEWS 15, Page 15, NORTH RYDE. Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
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Art’s Role in Peacebuilding Discussed in Australia , An Art Exhibition of Light & Perception and Seminar by Marcelle Mansour
Written by UPF-Australia
Monday, April 6, 2015
Sydney, Australia—The bimonthly meeting of Australian Ambassadors for Peace focused on the theme “Creating a Culture of Peace through Art.”
More than 70 Ambassadors for Peace, UPF supporters, members and guests attended the meeting on Easter Monday, April 6, 2015, at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney.
Aila Willitts, president of the Australian branch of UPF sister organization Women’s Federation for World Peace, was the emcee.
Aboriginal elder Ciaron Dunn began the meeting with an Acknowledgment of Country. Then Greg Stone, regional secretary general of UPF-Oceania, spoke on the “Theory of Art” based on teachings of UPF Founder Dr. Sun Myung Moon.
Guest speaker Marcelle Mansour, a well-known Australian artist, writer, poet, journalist, and publisher, spoke about her contemporary artwork, “Threshold,” which uses light for healing, renewal, birth and the promotion of world peace. Several of her artworks were prominently displayed on the stage, with the hall deliberately dimmed throughout the evening to showcase the light effects. Her background is from the Palestinian area of Gaza, and from this homeland of conflict and suffering she could aspire to promote healing. She noted that the word “gauze” (used universally in the bandaging of wounds) originates from her birthplace.
The attendees were then treated to the UPF youth performing the Beatles’ classic song “Let It Be.”
As always, the evening featured the sharing of food and good company with like-minded people of good will irrespective of backgrounds, ethnicity, and religion.
Art’s Role in Peacebuilding held at UPF Australia:
“Art, Light and World Peace”, Seminar & Art Exhibition with special Guest Speaker Marcelle Mansour on 6th April 2015. The event program is a part of the International Year of Light Australia 2015.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
The Power of Art in Promoting Peace
Marcelle Mansour’s Artist Talk received the
UPF’s Ambassador for Peace Award
Marcelle Mansour’s “Threshold” Art Exhibition at Mary MacKillop Museum North Sydney, Dec 11 2014 – 30 March 2015. The event program is a part of the International Year of Light Australia 2015
Art Aims to create Change is Marcelle Mansour’s “Threshold” Art Exhibition at Mary MacKillop Museum North Sydney. The Northern District Times. 11 Dec 2014 – 30 March 2015. The event program is a part of the International Year of Light Australia 2015. Lifestyle page 31
ART AIMS TO CREATE CHANGE
RYDE Artist Marcelle Mansour’s Threshold exhibition opens tomorrow (Thursday) at Mary MacKillop Place Museum in North Sydney.
Marcelle Mansour’s Healing and Five Senses. Threshold focuses on spiritual and socio-economic change.
It is the work of contemporary art that has a creative purpose and which is humanly transformative.
It uses light as a material, and perception as a medium to effect healing and to embrace love and peace.
Threshold aims to end the war and to celebrate the rebirth of world peace.
In Threshold, Mrs. Mansour invites visitors to experience the movement of the dynamic shifting colours of light in contemplative surroundings.
The Mary MacKillop Place Museum at Mount St, North Sydney, is a short walk from North Sydney train station and is also accessible by bus services.
Metered parking and parking stations are also available nearby.
The exhibition is open daily from tomorrow until Monday, March 30, next year.
Where: Mary MacKillop Place Museum, 7-11 Mount St, North Sydney
When: December 11 to Monday, March 30, 2015 Time: Open daily 10 am to 4 pm
Info: marymackillop place.org.au or 8912 4878.
Marcelle Mansour’s Threshold Art Exhibition at Mary MacKillop Museum North Sydney, 11 Dec 2014 -30 March 2015. Art Almanac 29 January 2015. the event program is a part of the International Year of Light Australia 2015
by Naomi Tsvirko – Apr 3, 2015
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.
“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.
“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 Federation. Marcelle is set to speak about her latest workThreshold this Monday 6 April at 6.30pm at 836 George Street, Sydney.www.marcellemansour.com.au
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
By Sarkis Karam
Marcelle Mansour’s “Threshold” Art Exhibition
Was Opened By Mr Tony Issa OAM MP
At Mary MacKillop Place Museum
Calling For Change
Marcelle’s Mansour Artist’s talk is unique and universal, Al Anwar Newspaper 7th March 2015 by Sarkis Karam Please click on link here to read http://al-anwar.com.au/index.php/marcelle-mansours-artist-talk-is-unique-universal/
Also in Al-ghorba on line please click here to read http://al-ghorba6.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/marcelle-mansours-artist-talk-is-unique.html
Marcelle Mansour’s Threshold Art Exhibition “… changes the way we perceive” is an art review written by Patricia Abbott on Wednesday 25 after having visited the exhibition and attended the Artist’s talk. Please click on al-ghorba online sight, English News to read http://al-ghorba6.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/marcelle-mansours-threshold-art.html
An interview published by Anoujoum Magazine, February 2015 conducted by the English editor Vera Achkar.please click on the link and go to page 18 to read the interview http://amemedia.com.au/home/anoujoum/
Marcelle Mansour’s “Threshold” Art Exhibition Was Opened By Mr Tony Issa OAM MP At Mary MacKillop Place Museum
Al- anwar April 2013: THRESHOLD Solo Art Exhibition by Marcelle Mansour ………… Marcelle says “Gauze originated in Gaza to heal the world’s wounds but the world can’t heal Gaza.” Please click on the link to read http://al-anwar.com.au/index.php/threshold-solo-art-exhibition-marcelle-mansour-marcelle-says-gauze-originated-gaza-heal-worlds-wounds-world-cant-heal-gaza/
Marcelle Mansour’s Threshold Art of Light and Perception Exhibition at Bankstown Art Centre April 2, 2015, The Middle East Times International Magazine.
Marcelle Mansour’s Threshhold Art Exhibition to br opened at Bankstown Arts Centr by the Ambassador The Torch Newspaper April 20124
Gittoes’ large abstracts are full of the beauty of nature; his ‘Starry Garden’ was painted with the Vincent and Monet on the artist’s mind. Gittoes’ monkeys (Van Gogh portraits) are metaphors for the artist that express humanity, morality and meaning that bring viewers back to the 1888‘s Vincent in Arles and another 2000 years to the era of Jalalabad, Sufism, and Buddhism.
Here is the link to an article by Marcelle Mansour in Al-Ghorba Arabic News Sydney.
Marcelle Mansour’s Shifting Waves Art Exhibition and book Launch in 1998 at Parliament of NSW
Annual Report 1999
The Hon Edward Obeid, MLC sponsored an exhibition entitled Shifting Waves, created by the artist Marcelle Mansour, which dealt with the experiences of Arabic migrants in Australia. The exhibition was based on three major themes of Shifting Hearts, Shifting Views and Shifting Souls. Featuring a series of 16 portraits of successful Arabic speaking migrants and Australian born Arabic speakers who have contributed to building and shaping Australian multicultural society, it was accompanied with brief autobiographies and captions of their thoughts.
PAGE 44 DEPARTMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT 199899
Message from The Premier, The Hon Bob Carr MP for Marcelle Mansour’s Shifting Waves Art Exhibition in 1998
Congratulations to Marcelle Mansour on the launch of her exhibition , Shifting Waves, in which she uses the arts to present the theme of migration.
New South Wales is the most culturally diverse state in Australia and the lives and experience of individual immigrants are an integral and valued part of our society.
Through painting and poetry, Marcelle Mansour has provided us with a sense of the migration experience with a focus on people of Arabic-speaking background in New South Wales. Arabic-speakers are the second largest language group in this State, after English.
However, the exhibition is not only a tribute to the achievements of migrants of Arabic-speaking background. It is also a message to current and future generations and their contributions to the development of this country.
The Shifting Waves exhibition celebrates the commonalities and the diversity of individual migrant experience in three sections: Shifting Souls, Shifting Hearts and Shifting Views. Using portraits of prominent individuals, experiences of women and links to the land, the exhibition recognizes the search for opportunity, and the ability to learn by looking at the past, the present and the future.
On behalf of the New South Wales Government, I extend to Marcelle Mansour best wishes and success for her thought provoking exhibition.
Message from The Hon Philip Ruddock MP, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs for Marcelle Mansour’s Shifting Waves Art Exhibition in 1998
I congratulate Marcelle Mansour and the friends and supporters of the Shifting Waves Art Exhibition on their initiative in bringing to the Australian public examples of the outstanding artistic heritage of people from Arabic speaking backgrounds.
In contemplating the exhibition’s themes of ‘waves’ and the sea, patrons are reminded of how the ocean has long provided a backdrop to the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have made Australia their home. We are reminded, for example, of the First Fleet, which brought to our shores Jews, Malays, a West Indian, a Greek, Italians, and people from various other parts of Europe. And we are reminded of the hey-day of the migrant ships – the years following World War 2 – when ‘waves’ of individuals came with their dreams and a determination to work hard for the betterment of themselves and those who came after them.
Linguistically diverse and sometimes living tentatively in small groups while they put down roots in a new land, they persevered, prospered and now celebrate Australia’s heritage as part of their own. They and those who have followed – whether by sea or air – have been part of transforming Australia into a modern, tolerant and harmonious society. They understand that what unites our culturally diverse society is not necessarily a common birthplace, but a commitment to the things we value as a united Australia.
It comes as a cruel irony nowadays to hear an intolerant few blaming migrants for many of the nation’s ills, suggesting that potential migrants should be assessed to ensure they ‘want to be Australian’. Such propositions neglect the lessons of our past, are intoler5ant and damage Australia’s interests.
That is why exhibitions such as Shifting Waves play an important role in demonstrating to the world that multiculturalism is not just an abstract sociological concept, but a fact of life with tangible, positive outcomes. Through such initiatives, Australians from all backgrounds can learn more about the cultural heritage of their neighbours. This, in turn, creates mutual respect and strengthens the social fabric of our society.
The 2000 Olympics will provide Australia with the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that we are one of the most successful culturally diverse nations in modern history. Indeed, it is widely believed that Sydney’s success in gaining the Olympics was due in part to the way we have recognized and built on the economic, cultural and linguistic resources contributed by our Arabic and other ethnic communities under the umbrella of a broad national identity.
I commend the Shifting Waves Art Exhibition as a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience, send my best wishes to all those involved in staging it and offer my congratulations to Marcelle Mansour and the subjects of her artistic endeavors.
Su Baker, Senior Lecturer, the University of Sydney, SCA, PREFACE
“Shifting Waves “
How are new communities created and maintained in a foreign land? How does a foreign land become home? Stories from home provide an affirmation of a culture displaced from its source. The active and imaginative reinvention of values appropriate to the new context helps to establish a local cultural context. In this process there is an effort to maintain aspects of the homeland more self-consciously and with greater purpose than would be expected at ‘home ‘, to formalize relations and to reinforce their symbolic force. These community and individual efforts create a home away from home for those who feel the loss and a new beginning for those who come later.
Marcelle Mansour presents to us here an exhibition of paintings on the theme of migration celebrating the experiences and successes of migrants of Arab descent. This is a celebration of the achievements of these people through a series of portraits.
Migration is about communities, about leaving the familiar and establishing a new place and a new community, Historically human populations are subject to shifts and flows, at times based in specific localities for extended period, other groups moving across territories over time or in a hurry, either through choices, such as trade or necessity, as an effect of war or political unrest. In different ways empires of one sort or another set out to spread their influence and to gain an advantage, thus reaping the wealth from its conquests. Communities of individuals shift and relocate with less force and with a purpose based on optimism, a hope for greater prosperity and well-being.
Globalization is with us and the increasing movement of people across the world is changing the nature of national borders as both capital and political power become more fluid and dislocated from particular cultural sites. In this present context, where these issues are impacting in lives of people all over the world the question about how we should live together becomes critical and their discussion is urgently required.
With Australia in the process of defining itself for the next millennium, it must be recognized that its people are its people are its greatest natural resource. Reconciliation with the indigenous people of Australia and the continuing embrace and recognition of the richness and complexity of a diverse culture, could if properly supported be an example to the world of the capacity for cultural change to have a positive and enriching outcome
The Paintings, Shifting Souls
This series of works has been created to recognize the success of a group of migrants of Arabic descent who have contributed to the enterprise of building and shaping the Australian culture. Undertaken with the traditional purpose of portraiture, this project pays tribute to and celebrates those who influence and enhance life for a community and who represent their aspirations through these achievements.
Marcelle Mansour embraces these intentions; hers is a directly constructive role, the creation of a community of leaders who act as role models and foster pride and confidence so important for a cohesive community. The importance of leadership should never be underestimated. Leaders are those who can inspire a common purpose, whose empathy with the community needs and feelings provide a focal point in the process of overcoming the inevitable difficulties of change.
A portrait is not just a likeness. The painted face is an infusion of meaning through the act of painting of one personality (the sitter) with another (the artist). Through painting, through translating what she sees the artist here projects her own presence, desires and personal power onto these subjects? It seems these are as many portraits of the artist Marcelle Mansour; as well they might be with her unequivocal desire for the well-being of her community, the affirmation of her culture through the work and achievements of these community leaders. The gaze of the sitter looks directly at us, or at least at us through the subjectivity of the artist. We feel the empathy, affirmation, and pride. There are a powerful compassion and sense of shared enterprise that unites these portraits.
In the history of art traditions of portrait painting have many stylistic legacies, such as the reverent portrayal of respected citizens of revered leaders; personal tributes and intimate homage to loved ones and family, and as an acknowledgment of those people significant in the life of the artist. Often a portrait is an opportunity for the artists to demonstrate their skills or to explore the limits of the medium in an experimental way. In the work in this exhibition, Marcelle Mansour has brought with her passion and commitment to this project the enthusiasm and energy characteristic of her passion and commitment to this project the enthusiasm and energy characteristic of her other love, poetry. Evident in this work is a direct spirit that comes to us with a formidable force, bringing with it to the new home the rich passions of the homeland and the energy of transformation inherent in the migration process.
The other part of this exhibition Shifting Hearts and Shifting Views tell the story of the emotional and geographic shifts, transitions and relocations. In Shifting Hearts just as artists such a Mexican Freda Kahlo used the folk traditions from her culture combined with the image modes of the traditional western painting so Marcelle Mansour explores the poetic side to herself to portray the imaginary and symbolic power of her experiences as a woman, with the purpose of presenting some universal experiences she identifies with and aspirations for a hoped unity and harmony in the world.
Shifting Views explores the world of nature as much as a metaphor for a journey through our intellect and imagination as for its reference to the real changes of location the geographic shifts from place to place and the inevitable identification with the old and the new homelands. These paintings represent a naïve and innocent view of the world one full of promise.
Self-taught in the skills of painting, Marcelle Mansour has had professional experience in the communication mediums such as newspaper, radio, and television; she is a highly committed community artist, working with energy and compassion to increase the integration of her family and herself into the new context in NSW. Her voice comes through here in the paintings and through her poetry.
The voice that speaks for Australia should come from within and as part of this self-realization process that we are continuously undergoing. If this means that we hear a clamoring of different messages and interests then this is the very essence of new society and we will find out of that sound the emergence of a cultural voice with which we will identify.
This quest for a unitary national identity is an interesting problem. Australia can be characterized by one national identity in that we are people from different places living together in common purpose. Our different histories and cultural experiences can be celebrated as our great strength. It is this common purpose that matters and as such needs to be enshrined in a Bill of Rights, representing common values and aspirations which will, in turn, form the new basis of national character.
It is a surprise to me to be reaffirming a commitment to a culturally diverse society – for so long it has been considered by many as a given, as an assumed benefit which we all recognize as being to our collective advantage. However, if it is necessary to again overtly embrace the diverse cultural constitution of this modern Australia, then we must do it loudly and here we can do so with pleasure. It is through exhibitions such as these that we have opportunities to celebrate the richness and strength of our cultural fabric.
Appreciation by Dr Barry Spurr, Senior Lecturer in English, The University of Sydney
To Marcelle Mansour’s Poetry in Shifting Waves Art Exhibition in 1998
In Marcelle Mansour’s poems. ‘ The Voice of Liberation ‘, ‘ Motherhood ‘, ‘ Career ‘ and ‘ Arabella Romance ‘, different facets of the speaker’s experience as an Australian-Palestinian woman are revealed. As well, Mansour’s expertise as a painter vivifies these works with vivid visual allusions. In ‘Voice of Liberation ‘, for example, the beauty of the Sydney seascape, where ‘ golden lights sparkle ‘ on ‘ all beaches and seashores ‘ is discovered in a tension with ‘ the green of Palestine ‘ .
‘Motherhood ‘has a similar first line to ‘Voice of Liberation ‘, again evoking the painterly qualities of this poetry:
I paint my heart with a brush of love.
The reconciliation of the origins of the woman with her new Australian home is achieved in’ a new baby born ‘, but not too seriously, as ‘ Aussie Vegemite ‘ loves ‘ Arabic loaf ‘ .
The third poem in the sequence, ‘ Career ‘, is fraught with the difficulties of that quest ‘ to win the battle of life ‘ . Such striking imagery as ‘ the dollar moulds time ‘ , for example, makes this a disturbing work, encapsulating the trials and triumphs of the migrant experience.
Finally, ‘ Arabella Romance ‘ has a flavorsome quality of Arabic names- she is , after all, ‘ the Eastern woman ‘ – some tender imagery, ‘ we are trembling and fearful like injured birds ‘, but a resolving happiness :
We take the world together and we are one.
Marcelle Mansour has a sure poetic gift , movingly complimenting her visual artistry.
Dr Barry Spurr
Lex Marinos, Director of Carnival, RORWORD
One of the pleasures of being Director of Carnivale is the opportunity to be exposed to many different forms of art, inspired by many different cultural heritages. Carnival itself provides the focal point for the artistic aspirations of these diverse communities and artists from those communities within NSW. Having previously seen an exhibition Marcelle curated and contributed to at the Australian Museum, it now gives me great pleasure to see her work being displayed at NSW Parliament House. It is a timely reminder that the strength of democracy is in its ability to treat individuals fairly. In a country such as Australia, and particularly within its most populous state, the necessity to continually and constructively examine our identity as a united people, is a challenge that underlines the importance of our artists.
It is through their vision that we are shown new ways of looking at ourselves, and as we become more confident of the image we present to one another, so we become more confident of the image we present to the rest of the world. It is as we share our stories that we learn more about one another, and I believe the great discovery that we make is that, paradoxically, we are united by our differences. That is to say that the more we understand our cultural difference, the more we also understand the human qualities that unite us as people. Indeed this is the process of art itself.
As Marcelle creates work from her own individual experience, she transmits a message that is universal. This exhibition and book gives us further insight into Arabic culture as it is developed in NSW, engaging as it does with questions of migration and settlement, emphasizing the important role that women maintain within our various communities, and the ongoing redefinition of our physical and spiritual home.
Paintings from the Heart by Gabrielle Dalton, Art Historian, Critic, Sydney 1998
In these works, Marcelle Mansour demonstrates her talent for portraiture, as well as a fine sensibility to the landscape.
In Shifting Souls, her portrait series, the medium used is pastel, executed directly onto mounted paper boards. This method is brave indeed, as it allows mo room for error-the likeness must be quickly sketched during a single sitting. While using a stylized realism Marcelle has nevertheless brought to each portrait an impression of the individual character and the personality of each sitter. They reflect a pride of personal achievement, as well as a suggestion of the essential element of Arabic heritage.
Shifting Hearts move much closer to graphic design, with the stylized faces of universalized woman, depicted with tight control of color and line. They are intended to have a poster-like quality and act as a vehicle for the artist’s literary outpourings. In these, she says she comes closest to releasing her inner self. That self is one which celebrates a multi-faceted woman, though one that remains deeply committed to the traditional centrality of women to home and heart.
Shifting Views are the landscapes of her experience. Those that are executed in acrylic on canvas follow her strength for the clear-cut line, and well-defined color, reflecting a mixture of subconscious influenced from the French Impressionists to contemporary poster art. While, the pastel works display less deliberate control, allowing imaginative release for both artist and viewer, where shadow and light play into strange dreamlike arabesques of the imaginative interplay between the real and the imagined.
The central motif to all Marcelle Mansur’s work is a striving for a controlled, warm and vibrant unity. For, she values more highly than anything else- the creative forces which unify and heal.
A Palestinian-Australian. Poet-Painter, Poet, Journalist and Artist, Sydney 1998
By Anne Fairbairn AM, Poet, Journalist and Artist, Sydney 1998
Marcelle Mansour’s creative energy is so intense that when I first met her I thought I had been whipped knot a whirlwind. Marcelle’s soul is seared by the on-going tragedy of her former homeland, the like of which few Australians have ever experienced. She has a burning desire to express her feelings about the suffering she has witnessed and the peace she has found here in Australia. She expresses these feeling with living images from the powerful strokes of her brush and the lively nib of her pen.
Her Shifting Souls’ portraits of distinguished Australian of Arab origin, her ‘Shifting Hearts’ images of the multiple roles of women and her “Shifting Views”’ landscapes are powerful examples of the Naïve School. She wields her brush like a scalpel, honing her subjects-people or landscaper- to their essence. I particularly enjoy her water views. The Nile with its open-winged flukes breasting the timeless current remind me of my recent visit to Cairo and my evening with Naquin Mahfouz and his friends on Farah Boat on the Nile. I also admire her painting of a Queensland Bay with its clean space and crisp, clear edges. These paintings fill me with sense of peace, something I am aware all Arabs dream of for their former homelands.
Her free poems are simple yet quietly evocative. Through her poetry Marcelle has become a passionate voice in Australia for the liberation of the human spirit and of her beloved Palestine:
… The cause of Jerusalem sighs
Its holy scent fills my soul…
Marcelle uses her pen like her brush, crating vivid images:
…I am stepping over the swirling water crossing the seas, lakes and oceans
Fast and confident are my expanding strides
My neck stretches longer, my eyes aspire higher
My poppy grows taller…reaching perfection
I am the women of the nineties…
Above all Marcelle Mansur’s poetry carries a personal message of love. All Australian will appreciate the courageous creative energy she is bringing to Australia through her painting and her poetry.
What was said about Shifting Waves’ Art Exhibition and book by Marcelle Mansour, that coincided with the Olympics, and lunched at the Parliament of NSW in 998
- “…the exhibition is not only a tribute to the achievement of migrants of ‘Arabic-speaking background. It is also a message to current and future generations of the motivations and inspirations of members of our culturally diverse community and their contributions to the development of this country. “
The Premier, The Hon Bob Carr MP
- “…exhibitions such as Shifting Waves play an important role in demonstrating to the world that multiculturalism is not just an abstract sociological concept, with a fact of life with tangible, positive outcomes.”
The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
- “…as Marcelle creates work from her own individual experience, she transmits a massage that is universal. This exhibition and book gives us further insight into Arabic culture as it is developed in NSW.”
Lex Marinos, Director, Carnival
- “We feel the empathy, affirmation, and pride as there is a powerful complementing her visual artistry.”
Su Baker, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College for the Arts, The University of Sydney
- “These paintings fill me with a sense of peace…” “ Through her poetry Marcelle has become a passionate voice in Australia for the liberation of human spirit…”
Anne Fairbairn AM, Poet, Journalist and Artist
- “Marcelle’s poetry is as fresh qs the seas she crosses, profound as her spirituality, tender as her love for her children, innocent as her struggle for peace! “
Beatriz Copello , NESB Poet, Executive , the writer’s Centre
- “…for, Marcelle values – more highly than anything else – the creative forces which unify and heal, “
Gabrielle Dalton, Art Historian and Critic
- “ Marcelle Mansour’s exhibition Shifting Waves is a powerful expression of an artist with extraordinary energy, sensitivity and dedication. Personal vision has been transformed into universal meaning.”
Josonia Palaitis , Prominent Australian Portraiture Artist.
Hansard at the Parliament House of NSW by The Hon James Samios, Australian Palestinian Art Exhibition by Marcelle Mansour This is the link of the speech of Hon James Samios at the Parliament of NSW
Legislative Council Hansard – 20 May 1997
Legislative Council Hansard – 20 May 1997
Marcelle Mansour‘s Shifting Waves Art Exhibition, Story Telling in the Form of Art, Northern District Times, Life Times, Your Weekly Lifestyle Section, Vol, 55, No 34. Wednesday, August 26, 1998.
Images of Wisdom through Art of Young Palestinians by Marcelle Mansour. An Art Exhibition by Community Visual artist Marcelle Mansour. Article by Marisa Cano, Ambitious Friends, Art & culture magazine, Vol 4 issue 1 Autumn 1997.
Marcelle Mansour’s Solo Art Exhibition in 1997, at the Front Page of Parramatta Advertiser, Holroyd Edition. Vol 78, No 2. Wednesday, October 15, 1997.
Marcelle Mansour’s Images of Wisdom and Past Present & Future. Art exhibition in Australian Artist Magazine, Arts in Action, Issue No. 147, September 1996, Volume Thirteen, Number Three. Page 10.
Marcelle Mansdour’s Solo Art Exhibition in 1992 at the Front Page of the local newspaper, Northern District Times, Cumberland Newspaper Group. Vol 49, No 37 . Wednesday , August 26, 1992.