Marlene Bart

Marlene Bart (*1991) is an artist who takes the taxonomy of natural phenomena as a departure point to ask questions about the reductive thinking in our scientific need to classify and categorize the tremendous diversity of living species.

In her recent work produced at the renowned Berengo studios in Venice, she cast a variety of natural creatures in glass, with some engaged in the act of reproduction, making them transparent and mixing sexuality with science. 

By assembling these pieces into a contemporary Kunstkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, thereby fetishizing them, she is reminding us that, as Michel Foucault pointed out, at the heart of desire and classification is a need to possess and control, and knowledge is always tied to power.

She is currently working on her PhD. at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and has a studio in Berlin. She studied art at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, at the Villa Arson in Nice, and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Universität der Künste, Berlin. 

Photo by Gideon Rothmann