bio + contact
bio + contact
Transfixed, tricked and beguiled. Lost in the leaves, the beasts take the lead.

Marie creates small, delicately detailed mixed media drawings featuring seemingly sweet subjects in strange (and sometimes slightly scary) situations.

Contact: info@mariegardeski.com

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Marie grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Marie currently lives in Fort Wayne, IN with her husband david birkey.

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A kitten (or baby tiger) batting at a leaf. Practicing to kill. A little girl holding and scolding babies in grocery store checkout lanes. Reading nutrition facts.

For future reference.

Some scenarios may seem innocent enough, but upon closer inspection unmistakable sadness becomes apparent. Through drawing, painting and installation marie explores relationships between humor and the uncanny. She creates familiar yet disturbing scenes, sometimes involving violence, usually evoking pathos. Characters appear and reappear.

Never learning lessons.

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