Marcie Ziskind

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Felt Works

Specimens Series

Grief Vessels Series

Artist's Biography

Marcie Mehrman Ziskind is an Outsider Artist. She is mostly self taught. Having acquired skills in ceramics, painting, glass fusion, and mosaics, Marcie’s true passion lies in the creation of fiber art—including wet felting and embroidery—and uses these complex textiles to generate wall art, decorative items, and garments.

After enduring the unimaginable—the death of her oldest son in July 2016— Marcie discovered that the physicality of making felt helped her to process her grief. Not only does she pour her physical emotion into the making of her “Grief Vessels”, and other felted items, but they also hold the pain itself. They all have interesting nooks & crannies, just like our heartbreak, which hides in all the little places inside us & pops out at unexpected and inopportune times—sometimes, even surprising us.

Marcie’s work has been featured at local galleries and in exhibits across the country. She owns and operates The Expressive Hand—a paint-your-own-pottery and fused glass studio that provides access to art for everyone in the community. She is a current member of The DaVinci Art Alliance, The Women’s Caucus for Art, The Philadelphia Handweaver’s Guild and The Northeast Feltmakers Guild.

Artist's Statement

Wet felting involves applying principles from history, science, math, and biology to the creation of art. I use fibers from a variety of animals such as sheep, yaks, llamas, angoras, and camels. The roving is layered, and with increasing pressure and hot water, it becomes felt. Beautiful in its texture, rich dyed color, and durability, felt can also be embellished with silk, man-made fibers, embroidery, stones, sticks, and beading. I love to create art with organic elements—whether it be in the form of vessels, garments, handbags, wall hangings, or decorative items—that have personal meaning and draw from my constant pursuit of learning new techniques and finding new sources of inspiration.

Selected Exhibitions

2021
Derive, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2020
Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th, San Diego, CA

Botanical/Botanik, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

The 2nd Half - 50 and Over Show, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

CRAFT!, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Thora Jacobson

Hindsight, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Colors of Hope, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Vincente Ortiz Cortez

Separate Yet Connected, Fiona Duthie online exhibition

Transformations, High Five Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019
Perennial Visions II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

NOW, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2019 - Present
Deja 43 Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Knot Up to You, High Five Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Collaborate, Craft, Change, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Tu Huynh

OPENING UP, High Five Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2009 - Present
The Expressive Hand, Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Owner and operator

Affiliations

Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter, Philadelphia, PA
Secretary, Board of Directors

Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Member

Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers
Member

InLiquid
Member

Education

2019
"Felting with Viscose," online course taught by Lena Archbold

"Felted Garments," online course taught by Fiona Duthie

2018
"Felting Over the Edge," online course taught by Fiona Duthie

2017
"Felted bags and resists," online course taught by Fiona Duthie

1990s
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Papermaking workshops

1979
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Bachelor of Arts, American Studies