Marisa Gallemit is an Ottawa­-based visual artist whose practice spans sculpture, assemblage and site-­specific installation. After studying film at Carleton University (Ottawa) and the New York Film Academy (NYC),  her focus shifted to more three­-dimensional works, concentrating on organic forms and textures contrasted with re­-purposed materials, aspiring to make monuments to our collective and subtle human experiences.

Informed by the concept that every object carries its own history and energy, her selection process of materials for the work is paramount. Found objects and discarded artifacts are favoured as much for their visual markings of time and wear as for their symbolic significance; as souvenirs from a particular time period or fossils of a lived, emotionally-­charged experience.

Gallemit tells stories by manipulating, deconstructing and distorting objects into sculptural compositions which mimic the corporeal and the natural. The predominant narrative in Gallemit’s work is the odyssey of human emotion and the goal of each reconciled assemblage is to pose the questions and reveal the answers in equal measure:                                      Where are we from?   Where are we going? 

 

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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 In the Making/ Sculpture Workshop, Being Studio, Ottawa (Upcoming)
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                                                                                                                                                             

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