Featured Artist Marina Strauss

Marina Strauss

Marina Strauss was called to art at a young age. She blends her background as a mental health professional with her creative side, teaching expressive arts education at Lesley University and for kids in her home studio. Her artistic expression always allows for exploration, experimentation, and having fun with the creative process.  Marina Strauss is part of ArtLinks Arlington, the networking organization for artists in Arlington and surrounding communities.
“I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. After training as a therapist in Buenos Aires, I came to the US to study expressive arts therapy at Lesley University, which is where I now teach. In my mental health practice, I utilize writing, movement and visual arts to help people understand themselves better, and to find creative solutions to their mental health challenges.


In my own art, I love using natural materials that I collect. I create collages, outdoor sculptures, and enjoy printmaking utilizing gelli prints and Eco printing. I also engage in bookmaking, and I like taking pictures as part of my creative practice.


One aspect of my art making is that I enjoy making art with others… collaborating on pieces, or just working side by side. Currently I am teaching classes at home for kids, encouraging them to explore a variety of materials in an open-ended way.


Also, I have a studio in Arlington center. I offer an open studio format to people who would like to create together in a supportive environment. Materials are provided, or they can bring their own.


I allow my art making process to lead the way. I try to get out of my own way to create what is calling me. Often, it’s a surprising experience, and always liberating and playful.


What I enjoy the most about creating art is that I allow myself to experiment. By trying new techniques and ideas, I get lost in the experience. I then feel one with the universe, finding new insights and connections within myself and with others.”

Marina painting a window in Arlington Center


"sculptural plant" vase made with seeds

"What makes your heart sing" collaborative sculpture made with Sophie Glikson using CDs and encaustic. Studio Without walls exhibit in Longwood area 2015

"Nature on fire" Photograph of Spy Pond

"We are Part of the Solution" Eco print

"My forest “Gelli printing

Are you a local artist? If you would like to join other artists of all disciplines for support, mentoring, and camaraderie, please reach out to ArtLinks Arlington!