Marie Brenneis (born 1970) is trained in Fine Art, Photography and Dance Theatre. Her sculptural installations are often composed with everyday found objects, which are often painted in bright kitsch colours. The core of her work explores assemblage, destabilizing the clarity of ontological meaning through her awkward placing of objects and contingent arrangements. As a result, the viewers are suddenly faced with either a breathing totem symbol of the flaws of a contemporary capitalist world or to an entrance of an imagined reality.
Marie’s complex playful practice plays with Symmetry, Kitsch, Colour, Sensory, Appropriation and Pop Culture. She explores our blind acceptance of social norms and makes her audience question this acceptance, subverting the everyday and undermining the expected. Moving effortlessly from object intervention to performance to sculptural/set installation. Brenneis brings an unabashed romanticism to a world stuck on minimalism.
Her site-specific interventions re-invent space into a dazzling interaction of colours and shapes that result in highly sensationalised and heightened spectacles. Marie’s interest with psychology of space and colour creates an immediate visual impact, she considers how today’s utilitarian spaces and the built environment increasingly conditions our visual freedom and imaginative potential.
"I can’t afford this" (2015), a sculpture consisting of two long legs dancing that run from floor to ceiling created from Heinz baked beans cans. This work resulted with the viewer playing humorously with memories and the cost of living in London.
"Can I buy a collective brain please?" (2015), consisting of 3 mannequins placed in a set. The walls, floors and mannequins have been scribbled over in a grey pencil to a height of 1.5 meters. A giant red circle is placed over them, two of the mannequin heads are missing, the heads missing relates to humans not being born with a collective brain, our brains have been designed to be individual, the red circle illustrates the collective brain. This work resulted with the viewer questioning today’s collective society and the rise of homogenisation.
"The Rules are in your head" (2013), consists of 100 aqua coloured green gnomes and a giant pink fish, the gnomes were placed in an army type style around the fish, the fish represented being some kind of leader, the gnomes represented society. A small minority of the gnomes were lying down, facing backwards, upside down, tilted; this created a disruption for the viewer, which resulted in the audience trying to place the gnomes in the ordered way, standing straight, facing forward, like the majority of the gnomes. The audience was a put through a social interactive experiment; the unordered and chaotic gnomes made the viewers uncomfortable.
Marie’s works have been exhibited and performed in many different areas: such as Public Art, Scenography, Fine Art, Dance Theatre, Performance & Live Art, Photography, Costume and Video.