Artist Statement -

Full time Dutch artist Marisa Keller lives and works in Singapore since 1993. Trained as a painter she was always interested in printmaking and started to produce colour woodcuts in the early nineties. During this time she decided to follow the Master of Fine Arts program of RMIT University at LaSalle-SIA, College of the Arts with a main focus on printmaking. Other techniques like video installations were introducéd into her practice and now she is dedicated to push further the bounderies between printmaking and other media.

Marisa Kellers works can be found in private and corporate collectors in Singapore and around the world. She taught printmaking from 2001 to 2006 at LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore. Recently she is busy creating new works and conducting courses in her new non-toxic printmaking studio .

"All my work evolves around human relationships to the natural world and how different time frames are important to our experiences .

A recent series of prints I started with the idea of the horizontal line that represents the space where one natural element changes into another. These changes also relate to the process of working and reworking the etching and other plates resulting in sometimes dramatic or very subtle transformations of the print.
Materials and techniques representing the elements of earth, sky, water and wood are used to create textures and marks. The horizontal line will shift, change its shape, become rugged and course or will be faint and disappear in the end: processes that mimic the evolution of nature.

Earlier work evolves around the element water. ‘Waves’ , an installation of monotype/woodcut on silk banners explores universally systems of elemental, abstracted marks , forms and colours related to the ever-changing world of land and sea. The submerged meaning speaks of water-based evolutionary roots of life itself, and aims to evoke parallels between human sense perceptions, the sensuous tactility of water environments, and the sense of limitless and continuous time and space.

The long narrow size of the image is inspired by pillar prints, the Japanese woodblock print in which the viewer is provided with a glimpse into the world through a narrow aperture, stimulating the viewer’s imagination to see beyond what is revealed. The image invites the viewer to engage in to the different layers of colours and textures of the work. It invites to explore the work from a distance as well as up close.

In the nineties I was very interested in woodblock printing and I developed my own reduction techniques to hand print with water based inks. The images for the woodblock prints all started from sketches made during travels in S.E. Asia, Australia and Europe.

Although I make paintings and (video) installations as well it is printmaking where I feel I can really express the ideas and impressions I have.The engagement in the traditional techniques of creating the plate is very rewarding. The plate sometimes seems to have a life on its own and never fails to surprise."

Artist Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions:
2009 ‘Up Close’, Partner program SAS, Art and Printmaking Studio, Singapore
2007 ' Nature Constructed', FOST, Singapore
2006 'Grafiek en Schilderijen', Galerie de Praktijk, the Netherlands
2003 ‘Grafiek’, Galerie ‘De Prakijk’, Wissenkerke, the Netherlands
2001 'New work by Marisa Keller', Gallery Belvedere, Mica Building, Singapore
1999 ‘Colour Woodcuts’ Art Folio Space, Singapore
1997 'Colours of Light' The Substation, Singapore
1992 ‘Light’ Osram ,Alphen a/d Rijn, the Netherlands.

Group exhibitions:
2009 ‘International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland
2009 ‘The Natural Progression’, Fost Gallery, Singapore
2009 ‘Moving’, Substation Gallery, Singapore
2008 ‘WoW: LACE, Fost Gallery, Singapore
2008 ‘Proof V’, Alliance Francaise Gallery, Singapore
2008 'Draw Print Book', Jendela Gallery, Esplanade, Singapore
2007 'Limited/ Unlimited', Printmaking Society, STPI, Singapore
2007 'RKG , lustrum tentoonstelling' , St. Catharina Museum, Gouda , the Netherlands
2006 “Working the Plate”, Printmaking Society, New Prints, FOST, Singapore
2006 Open Atelier’ Opening Art and Printmaking Studio, Singapore
2005 ‘Print Out’, Printmaking Society, STPI Gallery, Singapore,
2005 ‘Time Phase Print’ Printmaking Society, JendelaGallery, Esplanade, Singapore
2005 'Lessedra International Print exhibition' Sofia, Bulgaria.
2004 ‘In Motion’. ProCreo Project. The Arts Center, St. Petersburg USA
2004 ‘Mute’. Outdoor projection of one minute video Work : ‘Pirouette’.Haarlem, the Netherlands
2004 ‘The One Minutes’. Broadcasted on Salto television, Amsterdam
2004 'Shifting Spaces', two women exhibition (with Esther Ng), Utterly Art, Singapore
2004 ‘Proof 4’, Printmaking exhibition, STPI Gallery, Singapore,
2004 ‘Surfaces’, Open Studio Perfect Art Space, Singapore
2003 ‘Screen/Painting’, Linden Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne. Woodcut Installation.
2003 'Read the small Print', Printmaking Society, Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore.
2002 ‘Borders”, Alliance Francaise Gallery, Printmaking Society. Singapore.
2002 ‘Kunstmoment’, Open Studio, Gouda, the Netherlands. Mixed Prints
2001 ‘Proof III,Substation, Printmaking Society. Singapore
2001 ‘Strata 2001’ Span Galleries, Melbourne, Australia Video Installation, projection
2001 ‘Work in Progress’, Exhibition of Master of Fine Art Students.Earl Lu Gallery,Singapore
1999 Nokia Singpaore Art 1999. Singapore
1999 Dutch Art Exhibition, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore.
1998 ‘Relief Prints’ Exhibition Printmaking Society Nafa Gallery,Singapore.
1997 ‘Singapore Art 97’ Suntec City Exhibition Hall. Singapore,
1997 International Print Exhibition’, Portland Art Museum, USA.
1996 ‘Shell Reunion Exhibition’, River House Gallery, Singapore
1996 ‘International Art Spectacular’. St.Paul, USA
1996 Shukantala’s Gallery, International Exhibition, Minneapolis, USA
1995 International Watercolor Exhibition,Woodmere Art Museum, USA
1995 Holland Art Fair , The Hague, the Netherlands.
1995 Singapore Art ’95, Exhibition hall, Singapore.
1995 'Four Landscape Painters', Stadsgalerie, Gouda, the Netherlands
1995 'Aqueous Open', Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, USA.
1994 ‘Shell Art Discovery Exhibition’, Singapore.
1994 Expositie Stadsgalerie, Gouda, The Netherlands
1990 Members Group exhibition, Stadsgalerie, the Netherlands
1989 Expositie Euro –Artgallery. Brussel, Belgium


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Artist Collections

Changi General Hospital, Singapore
Shell Companies, Singapore
City Council, Gouda , the Netherlands
Credit Lyonnais Bank, the Netherlands
Humanitas, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Van Rietschoten en Houwens, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Orga Info Advies, Woerden, the Netherlands
Azia Tayabali & Ass. , Singapore

Private collections: Singapore ,The Netherlands, USA, , Indonesia, Australia, Germany

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