Marissa Bagley (b. 1988, Sydney)


Marissa Bagley is a multidisciplinary artist who approaches ‘old-fashioned’ media from a contemporary painting perspective. She resists the faux-naif aesthetic of pure-deskilling, instead inventing her own technical processes in media such as kiln-fused glass and embroidery. The result is an ever-growing visual language from which recurring motifs and symbols emerge. These symbols are at their most potent in her embroideries, which are tackled without forethought to encourage subconscious imagery to emerge. In her glasswork, they reappear as simplified forms that allow her to experiment with the medium itself. Glass frit is cast in hand-sculpted clay moulds, then subjected to multiple firings. In both art forms the outcome is unknown, and although vastly different, each process is slow yet intuitive. Themes of gender, domesticity and dominance are evident in her choice of materiality, scale and colour.


Education


National Art School, Sydney - BFA (painting major)

2009 – 2011


Publications


Mils Book 2009 – 2016

2016


The Footy Show exhibition catalogue, published by Lilac City Studio

2016

Solo & Joint Exhibitions


Groceries from the Netherworld, MILS Gallery, Sydney

2015


A Bad Day in Naples and Then Some More Bad News, Marissa Bagley and Gemma King, MILS Gallery, Sydney

2014


Group Exhibitions


2nd Annual Brandon Trackman Memorial Silent Auction, Burton Project Space, Sydney

2018


1st Annual Brandon Trackman Memorial Silent Auction, Lilac City Studio, Sydney

2017


Three-person show curated by Patrick Lamour, Rubiconari, Melbourne

2016


The Footy Show, Lilac City Studio, Sydney

2016


In Defence of Self: Shields from PNG & SYD, MILS Gallery, Sydney

2015


Drawing Room 2, 18 Sept – 3 Oct, MILS Gallery, Sydney

2015


Cool Combo, Nishi Gallery, Canberra

2015


Ladies That Paint, Curated by Zoe Young, Bowral District Society, NSW

2014


Headgear 4, MILS Gallery, Sydney

2014


The Gold Show, Curated by Marissa Bagley, Studio W, Sydney

2014


Group Exhibition, Walcha Gallery of Art, NSW

2013


National Art School BFA Graduation Exhibition, NAS, Sydney

2011


Curatorial Projects


PENDULUM, Terry Ekasala and Zara June Williams, PIERMARQ*, Sydney

2019


The Gold Show, Group exhibition, Studio W, Sydney

2014