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b. 1959, USA

Marnie Weber Biography

Shifting between media, Marnie Weber's multifaceted, interconnected practice encompasses performance, film, video, sculpture, collage, music and costume. Blending the carnivalesque, the bacchanalian, the mystical and the absurd, Weber creates uncanny worlds that exist in a realm between fantasy and reality, and invite viewers to an exploration of the subconscious. In her work, one finds hybrid creatures, sometimes realised in two dimensions, and others incorporating mannequins disguised in ornate costumes and masks. These function as contemporary grotesques in the spirit of Hieronymus Bosch, and place emphasis on unnatural bodies and surreal worlds. The darkness of Weber's vision can be seen to lie in the precarious relationship between the parable, quasi-Wizard of Oz aesthetic and the overtly adult subject matter: sex, drugs and death.

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Since the 1990s, several pictorial tropes have recurred with frequency in Weber's works, most notably: the mythological anthropomorphising of animals and the relationship between animals and humans; appropriation and the re-contextualisation of images, which place women in positions of power and primacy; and the importance of the backdrop or milieu as a site of transformation and magic. Exploring the loss of innocence, the community of living things, spiritualism and the subconscious, Weber's folkloric works present psychologically-charged, neo-gothic fairytales. Disorienting and mysterious, they elicit responses from viewers, which fluctuate between melancholy and delight, attraction and repulsion, humour and tragedy.

Text courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

Marnie Weber Featured Artworks

Wisdom of the Owl by Marnie Weber contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
Marnie WeberWisdom of the Owl, 2019Collaged archival elements, and encaustic wax on a framed wooden panel
52.1 x 41.9 x 6.3 cm
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Daisies in the Wheat Field by Marnie Weber contemporary artwork painting, photography
Marnie WeberDaisies in the Wheat Field, 2019Acrylic paint, gold leaf, collaged archival elements, and encaustic wax on a framed wooden panel
47 x 62.2 x 7 cm
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Log Lady & Dirty Bunny by Marnie Weber contemporary artwork sculpture
Marnie WeberLog Lady & Dirty Bunny, 2009Mixed media
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Autumn Goodbye by Marnie Weber contemporary artwork mixed media
Marnie WeberAutumn Goodbye, 2019Acrylic paint, gold leaf, collaged archival elements, and encaustic wax on a framed wooden panel
41.9 x 31.8 x 6.3 cm
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The Corn Ritual by Marnie Weber contemporary artwork mixed media
Marnie WeberThe Corn Ritual, 2019Acrylic paint, gold leaf, collaged archival elements, and encaustic wax on a framed wooden panel
95.9 x 95.9 x 9.5 cm
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Marnie Weber Recent Exhibitions

Marnie Weber Represented By

Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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