Pauline Marcelle, born in Calibishie, Dominica West Indies, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. She graduated 2000 in Fine Arts from the University of Applied and Contemporary Arts in Vienna, where she obtained an MFA in painting, graphics and film animation.
Marcelle makes paintings, sculptures and video that reflect human interaction and the influential impact of their social and mental environments. She adapts digital collages to painterly parameters, transforming them into pictorial form, continually entering into relations, composing and recomposing relations. The conundrum of the painterly and the photographic characterizes her works.
In her recent body of work, the sculptures are fleshy in color and texture with the appearance of veins and arteries, strongly resembling human organs, or even newly shaped clothes. The works tell tales of the journeys and fate of second-hand clothing from overconsumption in the throw-away society to the street vendors in developing worlds. Consciousness and exposure become self-protective labels for human vulnerability and Marcelle questions inner and outer ideals, and wearing the consequences of oneself; the visual and mental content it offers focuses on human needs, lust and desires ignoring boundaries of race and creed.
Marcelle has received several awards and grants and her work is in numerous public and private collections. Solo and group exhibitions of her work have been organized by museums, galleries and spaces and she has participated extensively in exhibitions in Africa, USA and Europe.

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Collections and Awards

WORLD BANK ART Collection/Washington DC/USA
MONA Museum of New Art Detroit /USA
The Essl Collection of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Austria
Ministry of Culture, City of Vienna/Austria
Sacher Austria
McKinsey Austria
Kapsch AG Austria
Hawes Private Collection USA
Susan G. Komen Collection USA
Christian Fink private Collection Austria

2019 Kunst am Bau, Raiffeisen Bank Art Award
2010 Bag Factory Residency Johannesburg South Africa
2010 Kapsch Award
2003 Kapsch Award
2000 City of Vienna Award, Ministry of Culture/Austria
1998 GROHE Art & Design Award

Selected Bibliography

2019
A to Z of Caribbean Art: Robert & Christopher Publishers, November 2019
ISBN: 978-976-95344-9-0, Language: English
Golf Revue: 4/2019 VGN Medien Holding GmbH
Sustainabilize Me: L’Officiel Austria No. 2 June 2019 page 116
2017
Artsy en Carioca: Vogue Brasil No. 464 Abril 2017 page 88
Do Brasil para o Mundo: Vogue Brasil No. 466 Junho 2017 page 60
2015
Bend Down Boutique: non-spaces ISBN 978-3-99300-243-5 Metro Verlag
2012
LIAT Caribbean Airlines Inflight Magazine
Issue 14 January-March 2012/page 23
ABOUT CHANGE: Latina America and the Caribbean,
Art Program General Services, The World Bank page 251
2011
ARCmagazine/ ART.RECOGNITION. CULTURE Contemporary
Issue 3 Collections July-October 2011/Page 28
2010
Changing Views: Kapsch AG ISBN 978-3-200-02035-1
2009
Globales Strandgut: (cb / DER STANDARD, Printausgabe, 10.9.2009)
Wegwerfgesellschaft und Kaffehaushocker: Lexikon Kunst Kritik Falter 38/09 page 34
2005
Bunte Tagebücher im Cinemascope format: (cb/DER STANDARD, Printausgabe, 25/26.05.2005
2004
“The Best of Vienna”: 2/04 Falter Verlag
” Liquid Guru; we are all nomads”: Dirtl, Theresa Die Melange 07.04 page 21
2003
Helden und Antihelden: Profil April 2003
USA-früher und heute: Kurier 26. März 2003
What’s that got to do with me?
Herausgeber Layr:Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Eva Ebersberger
2002
Sommer Kunst” Die Presse
AUSGESTELLT Stadtmagazin, Nr.7 March 2002
GEMAHLTE WIRKLICHKEIT Tiroler Tageszeitung Nr.45, Kultur und Medien February2002
2001
…really? Kunstkritik p.34 ÖO Nachrichten September 2001
Next Player” Schikaneder Z-Magazine 10/2001 page 20
JUNGE REALISTEN Kunstkritik p.9 ÖO Nachrichten October 2001
Malerei contra TV Bilder Volksblatt p.35 October 2001
REALISMUS Steyrer Rundschau p. 41 No. 41 October 2001
2000
PUDERBLAUE GUMMI DerStandard April 2000
POSITIONEN Profil Kunstmarkt April 2000

Videography

2016
BEND DOWN BOUTIQUE 11:15mins
2006
KEN EATS 7:30mins
2005
ROAD TO SOMEWHERE 10 mins
2003
FLIES, animation
AGNES EATS, 7:30mins
2002
ALISSA EATS, animation
RE-FUSED, Double Six vs. Paradogs, animation
2001
DOUBLE SIX. 3:00mins
2000
PARADOGS 10mins
BURN Flip book animation 3mins
SNAKE STEPS Paint & animation. 3mins

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