Marisa is a German lens-based artistwith a research background in social sciences and mental health. Currently working in Melbourne, Australia, she explores concepts of cultural and gender identities in relation to place and time on self both physical and mentally and in connection.
Marisa’s artistic practice is grounded on to 15 years of research into human behaviour, social sciences and mental health. She sees life as a habitual subconscious performance of reciprocal roles satisfying the need for safety and belonging. An existence that becomes dependent on and controlled by the surrounding social environment but also has some innately animistic qualities lurking under the surface.
In her work she seeks to look beyond the surface and to invite questioning one’s own reality and perception of self and others. She often works with self-portraiture, the body in space or deconstructed by function.
Marisa is currently studying at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne (Australia) in the Advanced Diploma of Photography and is also enrolled in a Masters in Philosophy with the University of Melbourne. She was featured as student photographers of the year in The Annual 2016 (Capture Magazine), received a Silver Award in the AIPP State Awards (Victoria) in March 2017 and was a finalist in the IRIS Award (Perth Centre of Photography) in 2018 and the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in 2018.
Jun. 2015 – Current Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia; Advanced Diploma of Photography / Part Time
Jan. 2014 Completed Certificate in Digital Photography at PI - the Photography Institute
Present MPhil Public Health with the University of Melbourne
2007 PhD (sc.pol.) in Business and Social Sciences at Kiel University, Germany
2002 Master of Business at Kiel University, Germany
Jan. 2019 PhotogravureIntensive – Print making workshop with Silvi Glattauer at Baldessin PressStudios
Mar. 2018 Cyanotype & VanDyke Brown on Fabric and New cyanotype printing workshop with Ellie Young
Sep. 2017 Photogravure printing workshop with Silvi Glattauer, Ballarat Photo Biennale
Aug. 2017 Darkroom film developing and printing, Melbourne Camera Club
April 2019 Virgin Fantasies at Alternating Current Art Space, Windsor,Melbourne, 26 April - 18 May 2019
Apr. 2018 Resting Place at Brunswick Street Gallery, 20 April – 6 May 2018
May 2019 Women Photographers Today, 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition from 8 May -25 May 2019 at Gallery Valid Foto in Barcelona, Spain
Oct. 2018 IRIS Award, Perth Centre of Photography, 11 October 2018
Mar. 2018 International Women’s Day Photography Exhibition, Melbourne Camera Club; 3 March - 18 Mar. 2018
Dec. 2017 Brunswick Street Gallery, Small Works Art Prize; 8 December 2017 – 3 January 2018
Nov. 2017 CCP Salon Exhibition, 24November - 15 December 2017; Image: 40 feet under
Nov. 2016 CCP Salon Exhibition, 25November - 17 December 2016; Image: Female Beauty, Still Life
Awards and publication
Oct. 2018 Finalist IRIS Award, Perth Centre for Photography
Jun. 2018 Awardee at 12th Julia MargaretCameron Award for Women Photographers
Jul. 2017 Semi-finalist in IRIS Award, Perth Centre for Photography; Image projection at the exhibition opening night
May 2017 Commended entry in Capture Magazine for Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer in the Student category
Mar. 2017 Silver Award at the Victorian AIPP State Awards in the category Illustrative Photography
Jan. 2017 “The cultivated Beast” published by Nasty Women Everywhere, online publication, 16 Jan. – 26 Feb. 2017
Dec. 2016 Lens Culture Exposure Awards 2017; selected feature for the online competition gallery; Editors pick.
Nov. 2016 Capture Magazine The Annual – Best student work