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marisa dipaola

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RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)

environmental-art installation sculpture, site-specific installations exhibition/performance


I am a nomadic sculptor and installation artist,

creating site-specific sculptures from found materials.

My artwork is a collection of storybook worlds come to life in our own,

an exploration and celebration of our wonderland through the alchemy of art-making.


My artwork is a conversation with a space,

documenting my interaction within while recreating the enchanted place I envision,

allowing sculptural projects to investigate the interconnections that bind us to the land.

These sculptures are hand-made from the raw materials gathered around,

based on the notion that the enchanted is simply a rearranging of the ordinary.

The raw materials themselves grow site-specific to the sculptures,

as the gathering process becomes embedded in the artwork,

and the final pieces are the demonstration of a magical transformation.


And within these hand-built spaces,

the viewers become visitors and are welcomed to interact with the work,

engaging in play while their imaginations run wild.

These storybook habitats grow site-specific to the world they are planted,

exploring the dynamic of our modern mythologies,

and creating of a storybook space for community interaction,

as something enchanted happens when personal interaction occurs.


Recent Exhibits

marisa dipaola participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2010 Psychopomp
Curious Matter
Nov, 2009 The Exquisite Corpse: Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers
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