Marie Gayatri has been working with art in nature since the 90s. She is based in Sweden but works world wide. In a statement she explains her approach to her art works like this: “When approaching a new project I always reflect on the question – how do we relate to nature and what does Nature mean to us? I use thoughts and feelings we have developed around the topic “Nature” and choose a stand point in which nature is valued in a certain way. From that standpoint I start the practical aesthetical journey and allow myself to play and create imagines that are visually connected to those values of nature I’ve chosen to work from. In later years I’ve also worked with education and art in nature. I see this engagement very much as a way of involving people outside exhibition areas. And the part I play as a teacher becomes part of serving one goal – dedicated to artistic activities for art in nature. I believe that human conditions for survival are depending on how we relate to the environment and I use art as a medium to evoke questions and impulses to reflect on this.”
Education: 2013 Art teacher, University of Gothenburg. 2010 MA Visual Didatics. LinCS, Researcher group; University of Gothenburg. 1990 MA Applied Arts & Design, University of Gothenburg. Area of Specialization: Jewley.
Selected Solo Projects outside Sweden: 2016 Dollar for a ride in Cambodia. 2015 Dried Oasis in Cape Verde. 2014 Island V in Italy. 2010 White Scripture on Black vertical lines in Mongolia. 2010 Large scaled Shagai in Mongolia. 2009 Challenging fear + Icon giving birth in Spain. 2008 Intermezzo in South Korea. 2007 Messenger in Argentina. 2006 Choice no 3 in Sahara/Tunisia. 2006 Myth and Architecture in Greece. 2002 Almost Perfect in Greece.1990 Eye Zero in Norway. 1998 Frames in the Nature in Denmark.1998-97 Ritual walks in Scandinavia.
Selected Solo Projects in Sweden: 2014 Brush tattoo. 2013 Soil Spear. 2012 Shangri La VIII. 2011 The classroom. 2010 Stone poem. 2006 Breathing Space. 2004 Sliding doors to the civilization. 2004 Landing. 2003 Signs and Matter no 2. 2003 Runic inscription. 2002 Signs and Matter no 1. 2002 End of the road. 2002 Calligraphy. 2001 About beauty no 2. 2001 About beauty no 1. 2001 Land jewlery. 2001 Truth.
Selected Group Projects and Residence programs outside Sweden: Stories of Rain GNAP South Africa 2016. 2013 Arts in Residence by Yatoo-i project, South Korea. 2006-2004 Nature Art Encounters in Greece – Art o Nivo: Belgium.
Selected exhibitions outside Sweden: 7th Internationale Waldkunst, Darmstadt, Germany, 2014 Woman Art Ritual Mother, Primo Piano Livingallery, Lecce Italy. 2013 “International Nature Art Exhibition by Invited Artists” Yatoo-i project, South Korea. 2012 2:nd YATOO international project Nature Art Exhibition in Rumania. 2012 2:nd YATOO international project Nature Art Exhibition in Rumania. 2012 -2011 Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Yatoo-i project, South Korea. 2010 Artcamp 2010 Gallery Xanadur, Ulaan Baatur, Mongolia. 2007 Plato’s city magnesia 2 brugs and roselare, Belgium. 2007 Video Choice no 3 Detroit Film festival U.S.A. 2007 Video Choice no 3 After Urban, New York. 2007 Video Choice no 3 After Urban, Italy. 2007 Video Choice no 3 L.A.N. (network) Great Britain. Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale, South Korea. 2006-05 Plato’s city magnesia 1 Belgium.
Selected exhibitions in Sweden: Arkivmuseet in Gothenburg 2015. VISIT 2015 and 2014- Mariannelund. 2011 Tillt, Gothenburg. 2009 Gallery PS, Gothenburg. 2004 Galleri Fågelberg Gothenburg. 2003 Lerverk Gothenburg.
Seminars: In between practices in Kristiansand Norway 2016. Nature art symposium Bulgaria 2016. 2015 WEEC ( World Environmental Education Congress) in Gothenburg, 2015 NEARCH (New ways of Engaging audiences, Activating societal and Renewing processes in Cultural Heritage)-University of Gothenburg, 2013 International Nature Art Curators Conference at Gongju, South Korea. 2011 “Outdoors is Indoor”, Scandinavian outdoor education congress in Malmö. 2009 Lectures and seminar for teacher in gradual school financed by Kultur i Väst. 2009 “Outdoors is Indoor”, Scandinavian outdoor education congress in Norrköping. 2008 Lectures and seminar for garden designer for “Park och Natur” in Gothenbourg. 2008 Lectures and seminar for artists in Kristiansand, Norway. 2007 Lectures and seminar for artists finances by Kultur i Väst. 2006 Scientific project on architecture and Land art financed by Gothenburg University. 2006 Lectures and seminar for artist students at Vasteras University. 2004 Lectures and seminar for artists financed by Region Halland.
Publications in research areas: 2010 Art pedagogy in schools, Dep. of Didactic Science, University of Stockholm. 2008 Ancient places and cultural heritage, Dep. of Archaeology, University of Gothenburg. 2007 Art in the landscape, report for Swedish national heritage board. 2006 Multicultural meetings, Dep. of Archaeology, financed by University of Gothenburg.
Professional Affiliations: KRO (Swedish National Art Organization), Korean Nature Artists’ Association-YATOO, Environmental Art education network