Marissa Lee Benedict (US)
Marissa Lee Benedict (b. 1985, Palm Springs, USA) is a visual artist, writer, and curator/organizer. Her visual art practice draws on traditions of American Land Art and systems aesthetics to critically engage sculptural and material conditions of infrastructural space.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennial (IT), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (Chicago, USA), Contemporary Art Brussels (BE), and threewalls (Chicago, USA). She has participated in numerous national and international residencies including Artport Tel Aviv and the Banff Centre's Research in Culture: On Energy residency.
For three year, Benedict has produced a series of video installations and sculptural projects in collaboration with partner David Rueter. The artist team continues to work on the subjects of technology, the environment, and social and infrastructural responses to shifts in these arenas, most recently receiving a National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" grant through the Legacy Foundation for their project Gary Lights Open Works (part of the Heat Light Water Cultural Project).
Benedict received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA). She currently lectures at the University of Oregon in Sculpture and Fiber and is an Artist Member and Co-Executive Director of Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR). She has previously held positions as a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and as Program Coordinator for the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at the University of Chicago.