Marianne Burlew positions the medium of crochet as an accessible cultural interface that can be used to parallel the industrial world with our bodies. By appropriating materials like circuit wire, Typar©, concrete, and ceramics Marianne sites underlying systems within our built world to create objects that instigate physical responses between audiences and a space.
Attention to texture allows touch to become an important trigger for interaction in her work. This physical agency allows viewers to form links of understanding regarding how they process their environment both physically and psychologically.
It is in this way that the crocheted surface becomes a membrane between the exhibition space and the audience, elevating it from a craft practice to a sensorial communication of both self and context.
Marianne Burlew graduated with a BFA in studio art from York University in 2011, with special interest in sculpture and installation. She has since exhibited around southern Ontario in such galleries as Gallerywest, Gladstone Hotel, the Missisauga Livings Arts Center, and the Niagara Arts Center. She has also had the opportunity to exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Art Centre in Alexandria, Virginia. Marianne is currently an Artist-in-Residence in the Textile Studio at the Harbourfront Centre, an arts and culture hub in Toronto.