Marion Borgelt has exhibited extensively in national and international survey exhibitions and is one of Australia’s most evocative and enduring contemporary artists. Her work is represented in all major Australian museums and numerous regional, university and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas.
In her practice she is drawn to the fundamental shapes of the circle, the crescent, the sphere, the spiral, the oval and the grid. Diverse as her practice is, there is a common thread in her work—the interplay of polarities—the organic and the man-made, light and shade, the conceptual and the sensual, the cosmic and the primordial, the micro-cosmic and macrocosmic. Her dynamic is derived from the shifting balance of dualities.
Drawing on experience with a wide range of materials, including bees-wax, canvas, felt, glass, pigment, stainless steel, wood, stone and organic matter, she hones her ideas to the demands of a given site, mediating the creative intervention with originality and sensitivity. A recent innovation to Marion’s work has been the use of motorised elements that add a kinetic, time-based dimension.
About her work, Marion Borgelt says:
“I am fascinated by the nature of time and how it governs our lives and the universe we live in. In the natural world the passage of time is predominantly characterised by the existence of cycles and repetition where one phase or stage of a living, dynamic entity metamorphoses into another. I have created many series of works exploring the infinitely repetitious nature of time and the universal elements embodying this man-made construct. For example, I have had an ongoing fascination with lunar phases and the powerful effects of the moon on human life. Mutation, morphology, light, impermanence and incessant change are at the crux of much of my work. As human knowledge shifts, so does the material world, with matter constantly engaged in a process of change on every scale: growth, evolution and entropy. Much of my sculptural work focuses on undulating forms of waves, rhythms, dark/light relationships and the polarities of presence and absence. Whereas my paintings show a dream world layering of shapes and forms expressing movement and shifting parameters.”
Marion Borgelt has received numerous significant art awards including The Harry P Gill Memorial Medal, 1977, as most outstanding final year student SA School of Art; a Peter Brown Memorial Travelling Art Scholarship for study in New York (1979–80) and a fellowship from the French Government for living and working in Paris in 1989, where she consequently spent eight years. Additionally, in 1996, Borgelt was the first Australian artist awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Art Fellowship. She was also awarded a Visual Arts and Crafts Australia Fellowships and grants and served as artist representative on the Boards of the Alliance Francaise and The Blake Prize.
Major commissioned works include: Cascadence (2018), Tower One, Barangaroo, Sydney; Foyer Reception (2016),Crystal Club, Crown Towers, Perth; Shangri La, Yangon, Myanmar; Liquid Light: Horizontal Triptychs 3 and 4 (2015) for 20 Bond Street, Sydney; Candescent Moon (2013) for 101 Collins Street, Melbourne; Round Up, in collaboration with Andrew Crick, a site-specific, interactive maze for Shear Outback, Hay; Time and Tide (wait for no man), for J P Morgan Chase, Sydney; Pulse, commissioned by the Australian National University, Canberra, in collaboration with Catherine Donnelley; 55 Ring Maze, at Arthur’s Seat, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and Primordial Alphabet and Rhythm – a monumental work for News Limited, Sydney