MARSHA PELS

 

Marsha Pels is internationally known for sculpture which includes a range of labor-intensive cast and fabricated objects, multi-media installations and outdoor site-specific pieces. Her work explores the transformation of found objects in a variety of materials. Ms. Pels defines spaces within site-specific contexts in order to create poetically charged psychological landscapes.


Her most recent one-person show, Detroit Redux, is currently at Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery in New York, NY from January 12 to February 11, 2012; a catalogue with an essay by Karen Wilkin accompanies this show. Ms. Wilkin has also written a soon to published article about Ms. Pels’ work for SCULPTURE magazine.


Recent outdoor site-specific sculptures include ‘Lupa ‘at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale NY, ‘Pieta ‘ @ Pratt Institute Sculpture Park in Brooklyn, NY, and ‘Acheron’ @ Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. Her work is in private and public collections in America, Europe and Africa.


As Pepe Karmel wrote for The New York Times in reviewing her 1995 installation ‘Terranova’ at The Sculpture Center in New York, NY: "If Ms. Pels' earlier career has been distinguished by her mastery of traditional sculptural media, ‘Terranova ‘suggests that her real strength as a sculptor lies in her ability to mobilize everyday objects as expressive form."


Ms. Pels has lectured and taught in numerous settings in America and Europe. She received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. She is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor @ College of Staten Island at City University of New York. She has won numerous awards including a Prix de Rome in Sculpture in 1984, a Fulbright Senior Scholar award to Germany in 1997 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2004. Recently she was the only American artist to participate in the 2011 Lorne Bienalle Sculpture Trail in Lorne, Victoria, Australia.