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Marisa Tesauro

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Title: This Island is Really a Desert 2011, Installation
Title: This Island is Really a Desert 2011, Installation detail
Arrangement of the Retrieved, 2011, Installation
Structure 87 of the Poetic Message, 2011, Sculpture
Structure 87 of the Poetic Message, 2011, Sculpture detail
Artist's Statement

I am fascinated by the contradictions and ironic moments in the built environment and in modern daily life. My work investigates these contradictions and moments; proposing uncanny relationships between simulated and real/authenticity and replica/fragility and structure. I often rearrange or distort the seemingly banal; exploring metaphorical significance and toying with puns that speak of diffused historical recollections, socio-cultural identity and mass production. My work is informed by theatrical architecture and the semiotics of the stage; providing a platform to develop systems of mimetic signs that perform in the work. I think of the objects, spatial relations and constructions as components of a staged scene. The corresponding concepts of evidence, detritus and time in a suspended state play integral roles; using scale disparities to blur relationships and arrangements as evidence of some unknown or happened-upon event.


Marisa Tesauro lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown in New York, Providence, RI and throughout Europe. In 2011, she received a Full Fellowship Award from the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been reviewed in Lafresa Arte Contemporaneo and The New York Times "The Cut". Her work will be featured in an upcoming show at ARTBLOGARTBLOG in New York City and she is currently working on an editions project with Worthwhisland and an artist book with Content due out in June 2012.