Inspiration & Process
Marissa Schiesser a mixed media collage artist in Vancouver, BC. She uses found images and materials, paint and textiles to create playful, intricate pieces with elements of surprise. Her colour palette is shaped by bold and colourful florals mingled with soft tones of mountains and ocean. Marissa's work uplifts any space with pops of colour and unexpected elements and details.
Marissa wants her artwork to inspire you to embrace art, texture and colour in your home and life.
"When creating collage art, I intricately cut out fine details to highlight images, textures and colours, shaping them into new stories. I appreciate the search for images, repetition of marks, scissoring motions and following lines seen and unseen as a type of meditation."
Marissa's work is influenced by the female artists of the past who carved their own paths in the male-dominated world of abstract art. These women painted fearlessly and dared to call themselves artists.
Marissa's artwork has been exhibited at the Golden Arts Council Gallery, BC Festival of the Arts, Textile Arts Center Gallery in Brooklyn THIS Gallery in Vancouver and Arterra. She holds a fashion design diploma specializing in textile arts, surface design, and weaving.
Land & Sustainability
Marissa's grandmother’s stewardship of the Columbia Valley Wetlands influences her to think about the materials she uses. Her practice increasingly considers the sustainability of the source, processing, and disposal of art materials.
"I live and create on the traditional, ancestral and unceeded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations who have cared for these lands since time immemorial. I recognize that the Indian Act and residential schools stripped indigenous peoples of their culture and outlawed their traditions. The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada is a vibrant community of artists, I encourage you to take a look!"