Marlene Bart

'2017 / July V'
36 x 50 cm
screen printing on paper

This print is based on an enlarged representation of human skin and explores the parallels and differences between human and snake skin. Part of a series of works by Marlene Bart focusing on microscopic images of skin, this artwork explores the relationship between the species, highlighting the remarkable similarities and differences in texture and patterns between human and snake skin. Through Bart's meticulous study, this work invites reflection on our interconnectedness with other species and provokes discussion about the intricacies and common elements of the natural world.

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    About the artist

    Marlene Bart (*1991) lives and works in Berlin. Her practice is situated at the intersection of natural history, anatomy and visual art. Bart is also a researcher and futurist who envisions the possibilities of how a common visual language in art and science could be used to address holistic issues such as the meaning of ordering systems. In her current projects she explores how our relationship to visual taxonomies can be mediated and critiqued via the medium of virtual reality.

    In her artistic practice, Bart deals with with the combination of scientific and artistic visual language. Varied use of multimedia techniques (printmaking, artist books, sculptures, taxidermy, installations, VR animations) allows her to combine a wide range of image content in a playful way, referencing the historical dimension of scientific publications whilst placing them firmly in a contemporary context.

    Since 2023 Bart holds a PhD of the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. She worked on the theme of "The Artist's Book as a Multimedia Encyclopedia" and conducted research on the intersections of visual systems in art and science.

    Before she studied Fine Art at the University of Arts in Braunschweig (HBK), the Villa Arson (École nationale supérieure d’art) in Nice and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She holds a masters degree in Art in Context from the College of Fine Arts Berlin (UdK), has been a docent at the University of Arts in Braunschweig (HBK) between 2017-2020 and at the Bauhaus- University in Weimar between 2020-2021. She is the founder and editor of the transdisciplinary book series "Atlas of Databodies" published by transcript Verlag.

    ​Bart takes an active role in international conferences, transdisciplinary projects, and exhibitions related to visual arts, underscoring her dual identity as both an artist and an artistic researcher.