Bio: Marisa Vitiello...Always a work in progress

Marisa with Exquisite Project

Marisa with Exquisite Project

Marisa Vitiello is an artist, designer, and educational consultant. As an artist, she has collaborated with Degenerate Art Ensemble to make costumes for a performance of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, commissioned by Robert Wilson. She has also been the lead artist on projects receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, and Environmental Justice Network in Action (a program of Seattle Public Utilities). As an educational consultant, she has overseen multiple local and international media collaborations for the Adobe Youth Voices program. She was the Instructional Designer for Pomegranate Center’s Fellow’s Program, making it possible to teach Urban Planners and Architects how to build gathering spaces with communities. She has designed three books for the Giraffe Heroes Project, an organization that honors people who stick their necks out for common good. She has also worked as an arts administrator, directing programs that engage public school students in creating public art works. Her focus is on civic engagement, art making, and getting good stuff done. 

Marisa Vitiello Artist Statement

I am interested in cracked facades, skeletal structures and the breakdown of images. I am dissatisfied with pure representation and technological aids that do too much for us. I am drawn to the accidental and the interaction between materials. I like to touch, look, make, do, and discover through art making. I work with photography, fiber, ink and digital technology, among others. 

Beate and Marisa (with Daisy the dog) at our SpaceWorks Tacoma installation

Beate and Marisa (with Daisy the dog) at our SpaceWorks Tacoma installation

Bio: Beate Liepert

Beate Liepert is scientist and artist. Climate change and specifically the cycling water and energy in a changing are overarching themes of her research. Beate received a PhD in Meteorology from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. Highlight of her research is the discovery of the phenomenon “global dimming”, which is the increase in atmospheric transparency that was responsible of masking parts of the global warming signal in the 20th century. Beate pioneered research on its causes. In 1996 she moved to New York City and worked as Doherty Research Scientist at Columbia University. Beate contributed a section on global dimming to the IPCC 4th Assessment Report “Scientific Basis” (chapter 3.4.4.2) that won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. While living in New York City, Beate attended the Certificate Program
of Fine Arts at Parsons New School of Design. She moved to Seattle in 2009, and works currently at NorthWest Research Associates.

Marisa Vitiello and Beate Liepert Artist Statement

Marisa and Beate started collaborating in 2014. See their blog entry about their
process at
https://marisa-vitiello-zdfb.squarespace.com/blog/2014/10/10/messing-it-up

Marisa and Beate’s collaborative process usually places abstraction first and design principles second. If there is a recognizable image it is because this is what the artists find in the splashes and strokes they have made. Marisa and Beate combine a level of automatism, or controlled accident, with a pedantic eye to the details. They draw on the same page over each other’s lines and discover the artwork through playing with their minimal color palette. The materials are restricted to black sumi ink, gold ink
and white tempera paint on paper. Marisa and Beate call this process “messing it up”.
Finally, the artists work to bring a drawing to the point where they need to “fix it”
before they can call it done.