© Karla Marchesi and Das Giftraum

Wildenblumen 3
A/P 2 of 5
43 x 33 cm

Karla Marchesi, born in Australia in 1984, lives and works in Berlin. She holds Bachelor of Fine Art (2004) and Honours in Fine Art (2007) degrees from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, where she received the University Medal for academic excellence and the Honours Thesis Prize. Marchesi received the Philip Bacon Galleries Prize for Excellence in Drawing in 2003, enabling her to study for a semester at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, USA. Marchesi has held solo exhibitions in Australia in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and internationally in Berlin, Leipzig, Luxembourg and Singapore. In 2012 she undertook a studio residency at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin that preceded her first international solo exhibition at Kunsthalle M3, Berlin. She has subsequently participated in a number of international group exhibitions. Marchesi is a recipient of various art prizes in Australia and her work is included in a number of public collections including The University of Queensland Art Museum, Museum of Brisbane, private collections such as Swiss Re and several regional galleries in Australia. Marchesi is a co-director of Proxi Projects (2020) (a Berlin based curatorial venture), and is a member of InFormat Berlin Painting Collective (2013-2020).

Her recent practice reflects on contemporary conditions of modern living through a lens of genre painting, broadly considering how we govern ourselves within a system of our own creation, constrained by personal beliefs, social mores and ideological structures. Marchesi employs the still lifes genre as a means to theatrically critique the absurdity of viewing constructs of culture as natural, and in this way speaks to contemporary socio-political conditions. Taking up the dualism of delectare ET prodesse, of representational aesthetic and allegoric meaning, her current work posits a landscape which draws together traditions of 17th century Still Life and Vanitas painting, and Contemporary post-internet aesthetics. Addressing emotional anxieties of our age, Marchesi’s paintings create a space through which to scrutinise Modern systems of knowledge and its contemporary affect through an aesthetic of excess and tragicomic sensibility.

Karla Marchesi is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne, and affiliated with Artscape Contemporary Luxembourg.

Curatorial Project Proxi Projects