Marie is a vintage collage artist born in Danbury, Connecticut. After receiving her interior design degree Cum Laude from Paier College of Art, she began working for a large architectural firm in Hartford specializing in hospitality and casino design. After the 2008 crash and subsequent job loss due to economic downturn, she took a non-creative position in project management which later prompted her experimentation with collage as an answer to, and outlet for, her pent-up creativity. Marie currently resides in Denver working full-time as office manager and accountant at a Denver-based architecture firm. She enjoys making vintage collage in her spare time.
For me, analog collage is a depiction of the fragmented nature of the world we live in, but also of its togetherness. Different and disjointed elements of this world and beyond can be brought together as one through this medium. There are rich layers of playfulness in my work and the way I recontextualize the ephemera of old into something arresting and new. My work seems particularly relevant today, during a time when everything, it seems, is borrowed.
Although I rarely set out to produce specific artwork, thematic threads inevitably emerge. My utilization of nature imagery provide an organic and natural familiarity, while vintage elements spawn works with a nostalgic look and feel. Occasionally mixing grayscale imagery with pops of color breathes new life and freshness to images which previously appeared dated and dull. These kinds of methodologies provide another example of the play on duality, as well as the alchemical transformation from one state to another. Relying mainly on my intuition, I assimilate dualistic elements to create an image that resonates with me in the moment. Often the results are simple and quirky, but sometimes they contain a more sober, philosophical undertone. Either way, the work is complete when a strong connection is made with the image created.