I recently came across the work of artist and object designer Marlies Pekarek of Switzerland. If you have a moment, view her online gallery and Tropfnass, her collection of unusual everyday objects. I found her soap figures to be most interesting, transforming something so mundane into an art form. I like how they look on a plexiglass shelf, don’t you? Her ghost curtains , sheer and ethereal in appearance, are equally intriguing. Some of her art, especially her series of diary drawings, could be a form of art therapy, much like what Niki de Saint Phalle became known for in her early years. Take a look at it and let me know what you think… Marlies’ has some captivating watercolor drawings in muted pastels that have a restful quality about them, reflecting a poetic imagination. At least in my opinion.
“Marlies Pekarek turns the mundane of the everyday object into pieces of sensitive art which put the mechanisms of valuation into question, behind uniformity lies individuality. The polarity of value and trash, art and mass production, meet and cross over.”
Your thoughts on this work?
(images from marlies pekarek)