- Rear vision 2017 oil on linen 120 x 145cm
- Error has caused animals to men 2017 oil on linen 120 x 145cm
- Full blown bloom 2017 oil on canvas 80 x 89.5cm
- Nothing stable under heaven 2017 oil on linen 148.6 x 175 x 2.5cm
- Swamp thing vanitas 2017 oil on linen 120 x 150cm
Born Brisbane, Australia
Lives and works Berlin, Germany
Karla Marchesi holds Bachelor of Fine Art (2004) and Honours in Fine Art (2007) degrees from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, where she received the University Medal for academic excellence and the Honours Thesis Prize. Marchesi received the Philip Bacon Galleries Prize for Excellence in Drawing in 2003, enabling her to study for a semester at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, US. Marchesi has held solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, Singapore and Luxembourg. In 2012 she undertook a studio residency at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin that preceded her first international solo exhibition at Kunsthalle M3, Berlin. She has subsequently participated in a number of international group exhibitions. Marchesi is a recipient of the 1st Prize in the Redland Art Awards (2010), the Wilson Visual Arts Award (2012) and an Australia Council for the Arts Early Career New Work Grant (2013). Her work is included in a number of public collections including The University of Queensland Art Museum, Museum of Brisbane and several regional galleries in Australia.
Her recent practice can be described as a reflection on the quasi-religious and gender identity of the artist in the post Internet age, so to a decoding of modernity, filtered through the medium of history painting. By broaching themes of death and temporality; cultural constructs, contrivances and historical myopia, Marchesi’s work seeks to create a space positing a landscape which draws together traditions of 17th century Vanitas painting and Modernism. These painted mise-en-scènes utilise a tragic-comic sensibility. Adopting a hyperopic vision of human experience, these works reflect on the theatricality of our historical moment and address anxieties afflicting contemporary living.
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