Marisa works in arts and community development in Meanjin/Brisbane. Their practice weaves together diverse understandings from art, politics, spirituality and wellbeing to find new ways of coping with and conceiving of the pressures of contemporary life. They work across disciplines such as embodied movement, social practice, publishing and installation both inside and outside institutional contexts, and often collaboratively. They are currently concerned with critically re-thinking 'success' and radicality in contemporary art production models.
Marisa was co-founder and co-director of people+artist+place from 2016-2019; an arts initiative that focuses on the production of live, site-specific and socially-engaged art. They also chaired a local community NFP dedicated to the cultivation of participatory arts and cultural activities in Brisbane and regional Queensland. Currently, they are studying a Master of Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2021, they completed a research placement with the Social Justice and Activist Research Centre (SJARC), engaging in an auto-ethnographic investigation into the phenomenon of internalised capitalism in relation to creative labour and the art industry. They are also a founding member of Brisbane Visual Arts Advocacy; an initiative which supports and advocates for artist-run and artist-centred activity.
Their outlet is performing at techno gigs under the pseudonym algal__bloom: a mostly mammalian but often plant-based being that moves for still-possible futures.
Marisa lives and creates on unceded Jagera and Turrbal land.
exploring what constitutes an “authentic” experience of nature (and whether it matters) through a digital lens ...
researching potential for environmental connection through the body and
systems, recipes and tools for facilitating direct experience ...
exploring a contrived relationship with water through the trope of the fountain ...
challenging romantic notions of the sublime australian landscape with versions that are intimate, familiar and ironic ...