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In Flux

 

What Are You Waiting For? 2013, 30” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Who’s Calling? 2013, 24” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

Keep The Lines Open. 2013, 18” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

This Is What Dreams Are For. 2013, 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

This Dream Has Not Been Dwelled Upon. 2013, 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

What’s Up? 2013, 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

Things Could Get Really Hot. 2013, 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

Sometimes A Dream is Just A Dream... 2013, 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

What If It Ended Up Being Really Easy? 2013, 46” x 24” 18” x 24” Mixed media on panel

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Islamic Works

The inspiration for the earliest works in this series stemmed from the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US. In this body of work I combine my love of geometric design; in this case, patterns from Islamic art and architecture along with poems from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass translated into Iraqi. My intention is, in an understated way, to question our lack of understanding and respect for Arab and Islamic cultures while at the same time, protesting the war. Whitman—for me the quintessential American poet—was a celebrated unifier and embracer of cultures and customs.

After completing this initial series I continued in the same vein, now calling the series the Islamic Works. The work has evolved to include ideograms, Arab proverbs and phrases as well as Whitman’s verses, plus an expansion outside of the purely geometric motif. Through combining beauty and meaning, I hope to introduce a view of a culture as not simply political headlines, but as the expressive voices of individuals with their own hopes, dreams and desires.

Nota Bene: Although not always apparent, all of the works in the Islamic series include Arabic script. The English translation of this embedded script is the basis for the title of each work except in cases where I've directly used the translation of a Walt Whitman poem into Iraqi, in which cases I've used the original English title of the poem. A native Arabic speaker reviews my work for any possible errors of translation.

 

We Love Our Children, 2012, 48” x 18” Mixed media on panel

 

Untitled XI, 2011, 59” x 48” Mixed media on panel

 

Patterns I, 2011, 18” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

Patterns II, 2011, 18” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

Praise Be To God, 2010, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Step Out Of Line I, 2009, 45” x 58” Acrylic on canvas

 

Step Out Of Line ll, 2009, 48” x 33” Acrylic on panel mounted canvas

 

Step Out Of Line lll, 2009, 59” x 34” Acrylic on panel mounted canvas

 

Miracles ll, 2009, 46” x 24” Acrylic on panel mounted canvas

 

To You, 2009, 47” x 28” Acrylic on panel mounted canvas

 

A Rose By Any Other Name, 2009, Mixed media on Diesel brand tennis shoes
Shoes or No Shoes at: www.shoesornoshoes.com

 

We Breathe The Air That Is In Front Of Our Face, 2008, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Thanks ll, 2008, 12” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

To Question, 2008, 48” x 40” Acrylic on panel

 

Joy, 2008, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

It’s Not Always Black and White, 2008, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Form vs Content, 2008, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Liz Says Peace Baby, 2008, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Bound By Friendship, 2007, 16” x 16” Mixed media on panel

 

He Who Cooks A Bad Thing, Eats Of It, 2007, 26” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

Birds Of A Feather, 2007, 24” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

Determination, 2007, 48” x 48” Mixed media on panel

 

Anticipation, 2007, 28” x 24” Mixed media on panel

 

For You O Democracy ll, 2006, 46.5” x 11.5” Mixed media on plywood

 

The Walls Have Ears, 2006, 48” x 12” Mixed media on plywood

 

Untitled, 2006, 48” x 12” Mixed media on plywood

 

Shut Not Your Doors, 2006, 48” x 36” Mixed media on panel

 

Flames, 2006, 36” x 24” (2 18” x 24” pieces) Mixed media on clay-board

 

Poets To Come, 2006, 48” x 48” (2 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

Me Imperturbe, 2006, 48” x 48” (2 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

To A Common Prostitute, 2006, 48” x 24” (2 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

I Heard It Was Charged Against Me, 2006, 47” x 32” Mixed media on plywood

 

Miracles, 2006, 63” x 47” (2 pieces) Mixed media on plywood

 

Walt Whitman III, 2006, 40” x 72” Mixed media on panel

 

For You O Democracy, 2005, 48” x 48” (2 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

Walt Whitman 1, 2005, 48” x 12” Mixed media on plywood

 

Tableau Alphabetique, 2005, 49” x 58” (28 8 x 8 pieces) Mixed media on clay-board

 

 

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Botanicals

After a number of years of working with geometric patterns I ran across this quote: Note to Self: Step Out of Line. It was about seeing the world differently, thinking about things from a new perspective. This inspired me to figuratively step out of line, away from the purely geometric form and structure used in the Islamic Series and work with more organic, curvilinear lines and shapes. Based on botanicals these pieces come in to being from a base of those same geometric forms.

Storage Jar I, 2012, 59” x 48” Mixed media on panel

 

Storage Jar II, 2012, 59” x 48” Mixed media on panel

 

Leopard, 2011, 48” x 18” Mixed media on panel

 

Swirl, 2011, 48” x 18” Mixed media on panel

 

All That Glitters, 2011, 48” x 18” Mixed media on panel

 

Sugar, 2011, 24” x 26” (1 of 3) Mixed media on panel

 

Untitled I, 2010, 48 ”x 48” Mixed media on panel

 

Katie’s Gift I (Peace Baby!), 2010, 48” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Katie’s Gift II (Peace Baby!), 2010, 48”x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

To Question ll, 2010, 36” x 24” (2 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

Alicia, 2010, 54” x 24” (3 pieces) Mixed media on panel

 

 

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Manifest Destiny

The never failing appeal of a map, any map, keeps bringing me back to painting my personal version of a map, it’s something I have done off and on for a number of years. I like the way maps suggest a view of a locale, or even the entire earth with all its continents. One looks at a map and can imagine wandering through the area that is depicted knowing all along that the map is not even close to reality—but still we believe. I hope these pieces of mine evoke that feeling.

Manifest Destiny I, 2010, 59” x 40” Mixed media on panel

 

Manifest Destiny III, 2010, 30” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Manifest Destiny V, 2010, 30” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Manifest Destiny II, 2010, 30” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Manifest Destiny IV, 2010, 30” x 30” Mixed media on panel

 

Party Line I, 2010, 20” x 16” Mixed media on panel

 

Party Line II, 2010, 20” x 16” Mixed media on panel

 

Party Line III, 2010, 20” x 16” Mixed media on panel

 

Red, Blue And Yellow Stripes, 2007, 48” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

Orange Stripes, 2007, 48” x 12” Mixed media on panel

 

 

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Works on Paper

Party Line IV, 2010, 17” x 14” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line V, 2010, 17” x 14” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line VI, 2010, 17” x 14” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line VII, 2010, 17” x 14” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line VIII, 2010, 16.5” x 11.5” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line IX, 2010, 16.5” x 11.5” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line X, 2010, 16.5” x 11.5” Mixed media on paper

 

Party Line XI, 2010, 16.5” x 11.5” Mixed media on paper

 

 

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Upcoming Shows

San Francisco Open Studios
October 26-27, 2013

Studio 17
2111 Mission @ 17th
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94110

 

 

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CV

Birthplace
Santa Monica, California

Education
199400000BFA Parson’s School of Design, Paris, France

Selected Exhibitions
201300000You Are Here >> Maps and Art, Nave Gallery, Massachusetts
201200000Decryptions, Johansson Projects, Oakland, California
201200000Wide Open, The Brooklyn Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New York
201100000The Guerrilla Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California
201000000Five San Francisco Artists, Marji Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
200900000Form vs Context (solo show), Michealangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, California
200800000Eleven on the 11th, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, California
200700000Selections, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California
200700000News: A Visual Exploration of Topics that are in the News or Should Be,
0000000002nd City Council, Long Beach, California
200600000A Kind of Blue, the Blue Studio, San Francisco, California
200500000Monterey Museum of Art’s Biennial Competition, Works by 63 California Artists
000000000Monterey, California
2005-9000.Open Studios, San Francisco, California
200400000Santa Cruz County Bank – Sensibilities, 5 Local Artists, Santa Cruz, Calfornia
2001-5000.Rancho Soquel Artists, Soquel, California
200100000Michelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, California
200000000Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
199900000Galleria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, California
199800000Celebration of Fine Art, San Francisco, California
199700000Santa Cruz Art Center, Santa Cruz, California
199700000Michelangelo Studios Gallery Show, Santa Cruz, California
199600000Open Studios, Santa Cruz, California
1994-9500.Portes Ouvertes, Paris, France
199400000Intimités Déchires, Banque d’arts Cascades, Paris, France
1992-9400.American Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France

Pubilications
http://www.arteaser.com/2009/01/marie-bourget.html

 

 

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Contact

Marie Bourget at 831-239-7775
mimibo@gmail.com

My studio is located at:
Studio 17
2111 Mission Street @ 17th
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Represented in Santa Fe, NM by the Marji Gallery: www.marjigallerysantafe.com