30 Percent Chance of Raining Toads, 2007, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Seemingly Ecstatic Extremophiles, 2007, mixed media on canvas, 68 x 54 inches
Halcyon Days of Rabbit Summer, 2006, mixed media on paper, 30 x 23 inches
Partial Excavation of Amy, 2007, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
Spawning Gardens, 2007, mixed media on canvas, 59 x 46 inches
Snowbound Fertility Park, 2007, mixed media on paper, 30 x 23 inches
Levitation of Ted, mixed media on canvas, 30.5 x 40 inches
Before the Bough Breaks, mixed media on canvas, 46 x 59 inches
About the Artist
Painter, photographer, sculptor and designer Marischa Slusarski portrays the geography and inhabitants of a world that, while imaginary, speaks directly to the poetic, whimsical and emotional fabric of our own.
Slusarski has always used a variety of media to give form and flesh to her menageries. Her early, deeply textured and painterly works depicting sexualized familial groups of anatomically anomalous forest creatures were grounded in an almost classical approach to stylized realism and muscular painting technique. Her latest works on paper and canvas build from those sensual surfaces of pigment and marble dust, adding other kinds of image-making, including vibrating post-folk line drawing and a black rain of text-based typography transfers, in an approach that is more illustrative, more self-consciously symbolic and emotionally raw.
Like a version of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights reconsidered in a nursery school idiom, her wavering hills and valleys of flattened dirt are excavated and trampled by a host of humanoid babies, pie-eyed animals and other accidents of nature — the skin, bones, sinews and artifice that comprise her enchanted freak shows. (bio)
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