As an Austrian American I grew up between two countries, religions and cultures. Duality forms the basis for my practice as a visual artist. He/she, black/white, gay/straight, yin/yang, positive/negative, analog/digital, visible/invisible: I am interested in the formal use of the binary as a tool to mask and reveal notions of how we occupy, perceive and interpret our world.
I have long conversed with the concept of using positive and negative space to experience a photographic image in an unfamiliar way. My work challenges the way we see, causing us to find abstract shapes or forms in the space between. I use the pixel in photography and the medium of painting to discuss the relationship between the two disciplines: an attempt at deconstructing abstraction in an art historical context and painterly manner via the camera lens.
Marisa Baumgartner was born in Washington D.C. in 1980 and raised between Washington and Salzburg, Austria. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Yale University in 2006. She has exhibited worldwide and had her first two museum shows in the US in 2011. Marisa currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.