Biography and Exhibitions

Marie Mitchell is a contemporary mixed media artist living in Western Australia’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 textiles and 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 Marie’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.

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.

 

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS       

2021

  • 10th International Biennial Mini Textile Art Exhibition “Scythia”, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine, opens June 2021
  • 2nd International Biennial Micro Textile Art exhibition “Scythia’, Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine, opens June 2021
  • Oceania: Distance and Diversity, SAQA Oceania Region Exhibition touring New Zealand & Australia to 2023, Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, NZ
  • Impressions of Oceania from Around the World, SAQA Virtual Exhibition, part of SAQA Conference ‘Oceans Apart Connected by Art
  • 6th Biennial Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough, VIC

 

2020

  • Australia Wide 7, Ozquilt Network Exhibition touring Australia & USA til 2022, premiere Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen, ACT

 

2019

  • Forced to Flee, SAQA Global Exhibition touring USA & UK til 2022, premiere Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Art Quilt Australia 2019, premiere National Wool Museum, Geelong, VIC and Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, Vic (2020)
  • World Quilt Competition, premiere Mass Mutual Centre, Springfield, MA USA, touring USA til end 2019
  • Stitched and Bound, Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, WA

 

2018

  • Australia Wide 6, Ozquilt Network Exhibition, premiere 76 Queen Street Gallery, Concord West, Sydney, NSW, touring Australia til 2020
  • CrossXpollinatioN, Colac Ottway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, Colac, VIC
  • Bridges and Borders, AQC Challenge, premiere Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC, touring Australia & New Zealand to early 2019), Judges Choice Award
  • 6th Biennial Petite Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, VIC

 

2017

  • Art Quilt Australia 2017, premiere Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS and Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale, VIC (2018)
  • Stitched and Bound, Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, WA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020       Hanging by a Thread, WAFTA exhibition, Holmes a Court Gallery @ no.10, West Perth, WA

2019       Now: 2019 Artsource Salon, Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA

2018       Galvinise Artsource Salon, Old Customs House, Fremantle, WA

                Brooching the Subject #2, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2017       Eco Echo, Midland Junction Arts Centre, Midland, WA

 

RESIDENCIES

2022       Artist-in-Residence, Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, Mandurah, WA

2018       WAFTA Artist-in-Residence at The Shopfront, North Metropolitan TAFE, Northbridge, WA

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS

2021                       Australian Association for Environmental Educators

2017 – Present    Ozquilt Network, Studio Art Quilters Associates, West Australian Fibre & Textiles Assn.

2016 – 2020         West Australian Quilters Assn, Embroiderer’s Guild of WA, Artsource