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Marissa Shell is a mixed media artist whose practice is rooted in craft and design. In her latest body of work, sculptures with lush and visceral textures, emulate natural forms and geological landscapes, subverting the beauty of wilderness through the use of materials such as polystyrene, plastic, and vinyl. Her fictional worlds ironically speculate on the effects that mass urbanization and industrialization will eventually have on ecology, geology, and the rest of the environment; and ways in which anthropogenic activity will eventually transform the geography of Earth’s landscapes.
Marissa Shell was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is the daughter of a first generation immigrant from Manila, Philippines, and a professor of mathematics from Franklin Square, NY. She is currently an adjunct professor at Northwest Missouri State University.