Art lovers associate freelance artist Marion Menzel above all with her unique tea objects, which feature alongside a wide variety of fabric and frieze paintings, sketchbooks and drawings of fish, flowers and mushrooms.
Exhibition “Blumen für Maria”
Interview with Marion Menzel
Exhibition “Flowers & Fish”
|1969 – 1972||Training as a graphic artist in Düsseldorf|
|1972 – 1976||Degree at the FH für Kunst und Design, Cologne. Focus: painting, stage design, free graphics|
|2003||Work grant in Kyoto, Japan|
|2009||Project scholarship at the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen|
Marion Menzel began her artistic career alongside her work as a freelance graphic designer, initially with fabric paintings, in which she dealt intensively with the topic of “woman” and continued her work with numerous series of sketches, drawings and linoleic prints.
Triggered by her love of tea, she has continually dedicated special attention over the years to working with tea leaves, from which her objects and installations are created and have now become her trademark.
As a passionate tea drinker, one day the now dried remnant of the last infusion caught my eye, and I was fascinated by the bizarre structure of the tea leaves”,
says the artist.
This discovery was followed by longer periods of experimentation with different binders until she found a suitable glue. In addition to rod and wall objects, which are equipped with dried aubergines filled with synthetic resin, dried orange and mandarin peels were covered with dyed synthetic resin and coated with tea leaves for an installation reminiscent of a carpet of flowers.
Menzel has found a way to prevent the tea’s organic material from the decaying, and instead “prepare it for eternity””,
says art historian Dr. Susanne Wischermann.
Solo exhibitions (selection)
|2018||Gallery Musnadi-Weskamp, Nettersheim|
|2017||Gallery Kunstraum Neuruppin, Neuruppin|
|2013||Gallery Kunstraum Neuruppin, Neuruppin, St. Trinitatis, Neuruppin, Kunstkabinett Hespert, Reichshof Eckenhagen|
|2012||Gallery Palais Walderdorff, Trier, Kunstverein Linz am Rhein e.V.|
|2009||Städt. Galerie Haus Seel, Siegen, St. Agnes, Köln, Burggalerie, Burg Stolberg/Galerie Art Engert|
|2008||Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen, Gmünder Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Kunstforum Hochschwarzwald e.V., Titisee, Galerie Artspace K2, Remagen|
|2007||Kunstverein Unna e.V., Unna|