Marie Birkedal’s paint is thinned to the point where it develops through dust-like traces, the paint is made unpredictably mercury’ish and makes “mistakes”. MB looks at these mistakes from the work's point of view and evaluate if the “mistake” will be enriching or not. This openness to the unexpected is not the postmodern “anything goes”. MB is aware of postmodernist thought but also includes the sense of the present possibility of modernism, thereby working within metamodernism. Whereas previous generations of artists found that security in confidence and ego “I made this so it is good”, she instead finds security in technical mastery and an innovative approach to materials. She does not view her materials as mere tools but as active collaborators. Each component is important and she rejects the Cartesian notion of separation.