b. 1991, USA

Marisa Adesman Biography

Despite their surreal compositions, Marisa Adesman's paintings are occupied by ordinary characters—the fork, household utensils, plants and animals, and serene seascapes—that transmute and merge with one another. Through her oneiric photorealistic painted universe, Adesman challenges the fixed notions of femininity and gendered space.

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Education and Early Work

Marisa Adesman studied Painting and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated with a BFA in 2013. It was during her graduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) that the artist began to explore other mediums, including performance, video, and printmaking. Adesman received her MFA in 2018.

While at RISD, Adesman also explored the dining room and kitchen, and their traditional associations with domesticity and femininity. Carefully arranged dining tables are seen from below in paintings such as Hortus Inconclusus (2018), offering an unusual view of an otherwise mundane part of daily life.

Forks

The fork is the main protagonist of Marisa Adesman's photorealistic paintings, where it appears in bizarre transformations or configurations evocative of Surrealist painting. Divinorum (life finds a way) shows a contorting fork with a fish tail, while its tines turn into a small fire and tree roots; the fork becomes one with a dewy spider web in All the Trappings (both 2020).

In her 2020 interview with Eve Leibe Gallery, Adesman said that her preoccupation with the fork began with her earlier paintings of the dining room and the kitchen. When seen through glasses and glass plates, the fork would take on a myriad of appearances. For Adesman, the mutability of the fork enables it to be 'a fluid, time-travelling, genre-bending character' that subverts established social norms and expectations.

Film

Marisa Adesman's experimentation with various mediums led to The Ballad of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (2019), a 63-minute film made in collaboration with artist Christian Ruiz Bernan. Combining satire, magical realism, and poetry, The Ballad follows the daily routine of three women at 'Bluebeard Farms' where they purport to be living fully self-realised lives out of their own volition. Slowly, however, the women realise the trappings of such ideal lifestyles and begin to plot an escape.

Exhibitions

Marisa Adesman's solo exhibitions include Forklore, Anat Ebgi, Lost Angeles (2021) and Desiderio Pacens, Eve Leibe Gallery, London (2020).

Selected group exhibitions include Good Company: The Remix, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles (2021); Gest, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Unveiled, The Beehive, Boston (2019); Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York (2018); {RE}HAPPENING, Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Ashville, North Carolina (2018); and Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art, OnSite: Brooklyn, New York (2015).

Website

Marisa Adesman's website can be found here and her Instagram can be found here.

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2021

Marisa Adesman Featured Artworks

All's Fair... by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman All's Fair..., 2021 Oil on canvas
45.7 x 64.1 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Counterpoints by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman Counterpoints, 2021 Oil on canvas
45.7 x 30.5 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Forkplay by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman Forkplay, 2021 Oil on canvas
45.7 x 55.9 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Opening Night by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman Opening Night, 2021 Oil on canvas
127 x 127 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Taking the Edge Off by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman Taking the Edge Off, 2021 Oil on canvas
47 x 61 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
That Sinking Feeling by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman That Sinking Feeling, 2021 Oil on canvas
38.7 x 55.9 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery
Midnight Snack by Marisa Adesman contemporary artwork painting
Marisa Adesman Midnight Snack, 2021 Oil on canvas
50.8 x 35.6 cm
Anat Ebgi Contact Gallery

Marisa Adesman Recent Exhibitions

Marisa Adesman Represented By

Anat Ebgi contemporary art gallery in Mid Wilshire, Los Angeles, USA
Anat Ebgi Los Angeles
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