This month RAVENLADY hosts artist-in-residence Mara Marxt Lewis, who is currently researching the idea of the Anthropocene, a layer of the earth where nature and our human culture begins to combine and significant global impact of our actions can be found.
Extending on this concept, Mara’s current work explores the inherent contradictions in human behaviour towards nature and the environment. Check out her latest sculptural work, installed in the semi-arid foothills of Paonia, Colorado:
Here in Ucluelet she will be experimenting with local materials in-studio, and researching potential site specific locations for an upcoming installation. During her stay, Mara will also be helping us document the messages left by visitors of The Wanderer’s Tree, so we can share them with all! We’re excited to have Mara in Ucluelet and welcome visitors to visit and meet the artist.
More About the Artist:
Mara Marxt Lewis is an artist driven by transforming concepts into realization, drawing on her background as a curator and designer. Her work focuses on the creative mediation between the artwork, the artist and the audience.
Mara studied at University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum in Graz and at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. On a scholarship she attended the certified program for exhibition design and management at the Danube University in Krems, Austria. She co-founded MAGAZIN, an artist run space in Vienna, and curated/created exhibitions such as: the art spotting, The Opening, Der Traum einer Sache – Social Design zwischen Utopie und Alltag, Deadline today! – 99 stories, Für den Fall in Vienna, Graz, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Banff, Calgary and Toronto. Mara’s own art practice includes the projects: sum total, deep storage Banff, excerpt of knowledge, and white loop. Relocation to North America followed self-directed artist/research residencies in Montreal, Canada and Port Townsend, Washington. The work and research done at a Banff Artist Residency in 2013 led to her participation at Calgary Nuit Blanche, and just recently a busy residency in Colorado prompted a great exhibition in Paonia, CO.
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