The Heroine’s Journey of Marthe Strand Mourier

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love the way it makes me feel. It can feel so liberating to have an idea inside your head and be able to turn it into something specific, or not to have any ideas in you mind and still find a way to relax by
observing your surroundings with drawing. I love how it you can always develop and grow, which is also thanks to the industry who keeps changing and presenting projects in different styles with different aims.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I’m not sure what to respond to this; I’m not even sure I believe in a perfect happiness. I think accepting both good and harder times, and experiencing the contrast between the two will be the closest thing to perfect happiness.
What is my greatest fear? Being all alone in the world without any family or friends.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I have an excellent skill of talking myself and my work down that I really need to stop doing.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Pascal Campion and Haley Jessup perhaps. They have such a loose, free way of observing the world and turning it into drawings.
What is my greatest extravagance? Oufffff my shelf of unused, beautiful sketchbooks.
On what occasion would I lie? I lie constantly to phone sellers saying ‘I’m in a funeral and can’t talk’.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Doing retakes on backgrounds with way too many layers and folders. And running out of coffee on deadline-days.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Whenever I work and realize I can master something I thought I couldn’t do.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be more confident.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I once made a huge mural on the entire front facade of a fire station. It was drawing in Photoshop and printed on stone tiles. It felt pretty epic seeing it full size for the first time, after working on it on my tiny cintiq for half a year.
Where would I most like to live? On a little island in Greece where I can grow my own tomatoes, fish and draw. Or in Oslo, Norway, where I’m both close to my family and to work possibilities.
What is my most treasured possession? A golden locket I inherited from my grandmother, and my hard drive with all my pictures and work on it.
What is my most marked characteristic? Determination and eagerness for a good cold Friday beer. And my old soul.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Any cafe with a view of the street.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I’ll have to say at home! I love cooking, and so does many of my friends so we end up putting together quite a few feasts. There is also a place called “Nedre Foss Gård” here in Oslo, as they have 37 different beers on tap.
What books influenced my life and how? I recently read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman and it was absolutely fantastic. I think it has a very beautiful way of picturing loneliness, and it’s made me think about being more including and open. Also “Convenience store woman” by Sayaka Murata is a very dark, funny and intriguing book reflecting modern society and what expectations society has to us. It very elegantly sorted out my feelings about working with something unusual and unstable while most of my friends have very “real jobs” that might be a smarter choice.
Who are my favorite writers? Astrid Lindgren, Roald Dahl (I promise I’m not 9 years old I just can’t help being baffled by their beautiful stories) and Neil Gaiman.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Four Seasons by Vivaldi and some Oh Wonder.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Probably the grandmother in Roald Dahls “The Witches”. She is such a fantastic woman and I hope to be like her one day (perhaps without the cigarettes). But also Miranda Bailey in Greys Anatomy.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents!!!! How can I not say that, they are so cool.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “The Fall” by Tarsem Singh and “The Little Prince” by Mark Osborne.
What role plays art in my life and work? A very big role. I find it a unique way of experiencing something through someone else’s eyes. But also I love how it can tell a story without any limitations.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Probably my parents.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? Oh the list is so long! There are so many studios I would love to get a chance to collaborate with; like BlinkInk, Passion Pictures, Animasjonsdepartementet, Moth, the list just goes on and on. I feel like every studio has a different approach to a project, and it’s so interesting to experience. I would also
love to do more projects with my friends. We are very good at testing our limits together.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? This is impossible to answer; I want to meet so many! Harley Jessup and Pascal Campion, but also people like Brenda Chapman and Pernille Ørum and Luke Pearson and so many more. It would have
to be over a glass of sangria though, because I have so much I want to discuss.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I can’t say!
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
You can check out my instagram (https://www.instagram.com/m_mourier/) or
My website (www.mourier.no) or on the giant wall of Risør Fire Station in Norway.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That I will probably die with my work-boots on.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?  Pernille Ørum! She has so much going on, I am very curious how she does it all.
How can you contact me? At mourier.marthe@gmail.com

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