A native of Southern California, Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, researcher, writer, explorer, teacher, student and avid amateur of many fields and disciplines. Motivated by a sense of critical wonder, Benedict’s artistic practice is an ongoing investigation into the complex, and ever evolving, relationship between humans and the material world.
Rooted in research and experimentation, she is drawn to systems that allow equal space for planned action and uncontrollable reaction. Working with biological, chemical and physical processes, her projects range from growing algae under florescent lights to digging up mud samples and assembling large-scale microbial fuel cells. Most recently, she built a ten-foot wooden rowboat in order to search for lightning strikes and radio signals on the open waters of Lake Michigan.
She has shown most recently in Chicago at threewalls (threewallSOLO), the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago Artists Coalition, Mana Contemporary, the Evanston Art Center, Heaven Gallery, Columbia College, the Sullivan Galleries,, and in NYC at the Cue Arts Foundation. She received a fellowship to attend Ox-Bow’s Fall 2013 Residency program, and was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Fellowship in 2011.
Benedict received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2007 and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she currently teaches in the sculpture department.
Learn more about Marissa Lee Benedict's solo BOLT exhibition Augur.