b. 1954, Australia

Marion Borgelt Biography

Marion Borgelt is a leading Australian artist with a prodigious career spanning some 30 years. Her work draws inspiration from subjects such as semiotics, language, optics and phenomenology to create atavistic fantasies and mysteries that take form in paintings, sculptures and installations. Her work suggests connections between man-made culture and nature, continually navigating this intermediate space. It speaks to the links between the constructed and the organic world, between microcosm and macrocosm and the ever-present duality of light and dark.

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Drawing on experience with a wide range of materials, including bees-wax, canvas, felt, pigment, stainless steel, wood, stone and organic matter, she hones her ideas to the demands of a given site, mediating the creative intervention with originality and sensitivity.

Borgelt has undertaken a number of large public and corporate commissions, including a site-specific work, Candescent Moon (2011), 101 Collins Street, Melbourne;  Crown Towers at City of Dreams in Macau and a commemorative sculptural installation for the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, entitled Man’s Destiny Resides in the Sole (2005); Time and Tide (wait for no man) (2004), for J P Morgan Chase, Sydney; Pulse (2001), commissioned by the Australian National University, Canberra, in collaboration with Catherine Donnelley; and Primordial Alphabet and Rhythm (1999) – a monumental work for News Limited, Sydney.

Marion Borgelt has exhibited extensively in national and international survey exhibitions, her work is represented in the major museums, regional, university and corporate collections in Australia and internationally.

Text courtesy Karen Woodbury Fine Art.

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