Marisa Gallemit is an Ottawa-based visual artist whose practice spans sculpture, assemblage, site-specific installation, storytelling and arts advocacy. Her three-dimensional works explore repurposed materials, rhythmic forms and organic textures, acting as tactile monuments to our collective and subtle human experiences.

Motivated by the concept that every object carries its own history and energy, Gallemit considers the selection process of materials as paramount. Found objects and discarded artifacts are favoured as much for their visual markings of time and wear as for their emblematic significance --either as souvenirs from a particular time period or as fossils of a lived, emotionally-charged experience. Old things tell stories.

Gallemit manipulates, deconstructs and distorts objects into sculptural compositions which mimic the corporeal and the natural. Informed by womanhood, motherhood and third-culture shock, she explores the odyssey of human emotion, identity and heritage. The goal of each reconciled assemblage is to lean deeply into Buckminster Fuller’s query:

“Now, how do we make this spaceship work?”

Since first showing work at a community group show in 2009, Gallemit has been fortunate to participate in storytelling and performative works, design installations for music and art festivals, and has facilitated art-making workshops, curated art programs for several Ottawa non-gallery venues, and produced a large-scale public art installation for the City of Mississauga.

EDUCATION
 Bachelor of Arts (Film Studies), Carleton University, 1997, Ottawa, Canada
 FIlm Production Certificate, New York Film Academy, 1998, New York City, USA

 

EXHIBITIONS and PROJECTS

2019
All-nighter (sculpture + installation), Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa City of Ottawa Direct Purchase Program (3 piece acquisition), Ottawa Roundtable Residency: Resistance (Artist residency), Toronto Ottawa Art Gallery / LeParty Art Auction Fundraiser (assemblage), Ottawa
WE ARE HERE / nandito kami (site specific installation), Reconstructing Selves Group Show, Possible Worlds, Ottawa Elgin Street Renewal Public Art Project (community engagement assistant), City of Ottawa Public Art Noli Me Tangere (sculpture series), Int’l Women’s Day group show, Clover, Ottawa
In the Making / Sculpture Workshop (facilitator), Being Studio, Ottawa

2018 Ottawa Art Gallery / LeParty Art Auction Fundraiser (assemblage), Ottawa. Kolab project (site-specific sculptural installation + product design), Ottawa GALLEMIT + THERIAULT (sculpture + installation), Duo show with Remi Theriault, Studio 66, Ottawa Rive Gauche: When Art Becomes Fashion (performer), AxeNeo7, Gatineau Synapcity Placemaking Project at Blair House / 205 Gladstone (artist consultant), Ottawa Foundations | Futures Group show (sculpture), Studio 66, Ottawa Sculpture Workshop (facilitator), Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Art & Democracy Project (sculpture) Community Knowledge Exchange, Ottawa Analemma (sculptural installation & artist talk), Stantec Window Gallery, Toronto

 2017                                                                                                                                            Articulations Group show (sculpture), Studio 66, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                           Future Proof, Youth Art Symposium (participatory sculpture), National Arts Centre, Ottawa Festival Site Design (site-specific installations), Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa IN-HABIT (sculpture series), Studio 66, Ottawa                                                                              Memphis Milano (site-specific installation), Victoire Boutique, Ottawa City of Ottawa Public Art Canterbury Covered Rink Project (Jury member), Ottawa                                                                                                                      The Past Three Nights by Vincent Tiley (performer/durational installation), AxeNeo7, Gatineau CBC Pop-Up (storytelling), Ottawa

2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Plenty (private commission, permanent sculpture w/ Taline Jirian) , Town Restaurant, Ottawa
Never For Money / Only For Love (suspended sculptures w/ Taline Jirian), Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa                                                                                             Ottawa Art Gallery Summer Camp (guest artist seminar), Ottawa
City of Ottawa Direct Purchase Program (shortlisted), Ottawa
Community Radio Fund of Canada Gala (lighting installation), City Hall, Ottawa
Future Proof (wearable sculptures w/ Alexis Boyle), Subtle Technologies, Toronto
Megaphono Music Festival (lighting installation), Chaudière Island, Ottawa / Gatineau

2015
The Lifeline Project (site-specific outdoor winter installation), Mississauga Public Art, Mississauga                                                                                                   Cheerleader Project (interactive installation), Nuit Blanche Ottawa/Gatineau, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa                                                                                                 Reach (text-based, site-specific installations), Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa
Reincarnated (installation), La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa

2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wild Air Vision Electro (live installation & collaboration with Gene Pendon), Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto                                                                                         My Superpower Group Show (storytelling), La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                Skins (installation & collaboration with Jimmy Gobeil) , Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival, Ottawa                                                                                                             Young Lions (festival decor/ design concept), Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa

2013
Tabarnac  (jewellery design) , Benchworks Project for Magpie, Ottawa
Breaking Ground  (festival decor / design concept)Arboretum Arts Festival, Ottawa                                                                                                                                 You’ve Made a Cuckhold of Me (assemblage), Bill Murray Group Show, Oz Kafe, Ottawa                                                                                                                            I Am You (site­-specific public installation) , Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival, Ottawa                                                                                                                        Landscapes of 50 Days (sculpture) , Ottawa Art Gallery Fundraiser Group Show, Ottawa                                                                                                                     Cathexis Revisited (sculpture series) , Herd Magazine Issue 2 Launch, Ottawa
Fries/ Half & Half (sculpture), Manx20 Group show, Ottawa

2012
 R2.5 (sculpture), Self­Propelled Group Show, Grey Area Gallery, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                     The Depths (sculpture series), Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival, Ottawa

2011
 Gluttony (sculpture), Gallery 101 Seven Deadly Sins Group Show, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                Chopsticks (sculpture series), Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival, Ottawa
 Looking For You V2.0, Arc Poetry Magazine Ekphrasis Project

2010
 Past Lives (sculpture series), Wurm Gallery, Ottawa
 Cone of Silence (sculpture), Cycle Logik Group Show, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                              Topography (sculpture series), Chinatown Remixed Arts Festival, Ottawa

2009
 Couette (sculpture), Cycle Logik Group Show, Ottawa                                                                                                                                                                              Headdress (sculpture), Cycle Logik Group Show, Ottawa

 

PUBLICATIONS
Looking For You V2.0, Arc Poetry Magazine Annual 2011
Marisa Gallemit, Chris Mullington,  CBC Creative Block video feature 2012                                                                                                                           Cathexodous, Herd Magazine / Issue 3 / 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                The Great Works of Marisa Gallemit, Ottawa Life Magazine, November 2015   House of Targ Zine, Issue #25, April 2016                                                                                                                                                           

AFFILIATIONS
Curator / director of visual art program (2017 until present), Pressed Cafe, Ottawa Curator / Director of visual art program (2011 until present), The Manx Pub, Ottawa                                                                                                                                    Art director (2016-2018), Ottawa Beat Magazine                                                                                                                                                                                       Art Committee Lead (2016-2017), Innovations Centre at Bayview Yards, Ottawa                                                                                                                                       Art Installation Lead/ Design Team (2013-2017), Arboretum Festival, Ottawa                                                                                                                 Collaborator, Atekuya arts collective with Gene Pendon, Ottawa/Montreal                                                                                                                                           Collaborator, 44.4 Mothers/Artists Collective, Ottawa