Marie Mitchell is a contemporary mixed media artist living in WA’s Peel Region. Creative expression is vital to sustaining her inner self and has manifested in many forms over her career. Marie is always drawn back to fibre and textile as a medium for expressing her ideas. Employing a large variety of surface techniques, fabrics and stitch, Marie creates powerful, allegorical imagery, illustrating complex ideas in ways that are tangible to the viewer.
Marie specialised in textile & design at university and art college; moving on to share these skills with students over a three-decade teaching career. She feels very lucky to be able to focus full-time on creating since 2017. Sustainability is a cornerstone of Mare’s art practice; she uses many upcycled fabrics from clothing altering them with surface design techniques and free motion embroidery. She loves the tactile nature of materials and just handling them brings her joy. Her work often contains elements that extend beyond the frame or uneven edges that create shadow play. Marie especially likes the additional depth provided by shadows created by the combination of semi-transparent fabrics of different textures representing the delicate and ephemeral qualities found in nature.
Native to the temperate rainforest of Western Canada, awareness of the fragility of the environment is integral to Marie’s world view. In the 20+ years since relocating to Australia, she has embraced her adopted country, becoming an advocate for the conservation of its unique biodiversity. The beauty of its native flora and fauna provides endless inspiration.
Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and United States. Marie supports conservation advocacy by donating a portion of all proceeds to national non-profit environmental organisations.