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Marisa Hoicka is a multi-media and performance artist who creates video, installations and paintings. Most recently Hoicka’s videos have been shown in Berlin’s Galerie Kurt Im Hirsch, San Francisco’s MoMA, the Toronto Images Festival, and across Canada from Vancouver to St. John’s, Nfld. She recently mixed  performance, installation and painting in her solo performances “Nature Morte” at Toronto’s 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival and “Escaping Escapism” at the Power Plant’s “Quarter-Life Crisis”. An installation was also featured in Videodrome at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. “Meet Me Half Way”, a solo show of her paintings  was on display at Heritage Canada. Her persona “Uncle Wink” took part in “The Other Painting Competition” at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Nuit Blanche and she was featured in FADO’s 2011 Emerging Artist Series.  In 2014 she received awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for upcoming projects. She is a Master of Digital Media candidate at Ryerson University and has a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. Her video work is distributed by Vtape.

Whether on canvas, a performance, or an installation, Marisa Hoicka creates narrative paintings that come to life. She integrates paintings, compelling tactile elements, performance art, interactive video and other electronic media – often collaborating with other artists in her unique approach to interactive installations.

She explores, in a surreal yet pragmatic way, young people’s relationships (or lack of) to labour and love – and their insecurities about gender, sexuality and responsibility. Her work reflects people’s never-ending quest for desire and comfort and to reject the undesirable and uncomfortable. Simultaneously disgusting, beautiful and humorous, her creations bridge these relationships’ fantasy and reality.