Marianne Desmarais has lived and worked in New Orleans since moving to the city in 1990 to study Architecture at Tulane. Through parallel practices of art and architecture, productive cross-pollination shapes her work between disciplines. Utilizing manual and digital modes of production, materiality and mutability are explored as themes of structural response. Techniques from architectural practice are applied in work that attempts to alter space through the manipulation of form, optics, and surface.
Marianne's work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Azure, and FiberArts. Recent shows include Transpositions, a solo show at Staple Goods Gallery, as well as group shows at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Antenna Gallery, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. In 2016, the Contemporary Arts Center presented her sculpture Glyphic Figure in a limited edition as the Silver Circle Sculpture created exclusively for upper-level CAC Members.
Her collaborative work with fiber artist Liz Sargent is part of the permanent collection of Savannah College of Art and Design in Shanghai, China after their award of the New Works Residency from the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. With artist Sarah Kabot she has installed a large scale public art work for the Westin Downtown, Cleveland, OH. In addition to studio art, she maintains an architectural practice and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture. She received the Malcolm Heard Award for Excellence in Teaching from the class of 2016.