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Marian (mau) Schoettle is a transdisciplinary project artist who animates material culture—its presence, meaning, and capacity.  mau reimagines humble artifacts like clothing, textiles, tools, shelters, and installations and propels them into the liminal space that exists between the literal and the poetic. The work explores states of environmental and psychological flux and instability while seeking orientation and agency through environmental empathy, tenderness, communality, and placemaking.  mau conflates incongruous and disparate elements in order to catalyze new pathways of understanding.


2020 – present   mML_dRiFt   collective/collaboration   mau Schoettle, Mary Abma, Lisa Jacobson

2022   Mumble and Murmur   textile panels, image capturing light process.    Islote, Puerto Rico

2022  Pressure Drop, video. Artscape, Toronto

2021   the Hyper Object,  domesticating the hyper object.  Manship Art Residency, Gloucester 

2019  Compression,  public engagement project conflating leisure, migration, and disaster preparedness. Cargo debris bag, paddles, reactive beach tarp, sandbags, and fishing poles jury rigged on a concrete city plaza. Collaborative public storytelling. Nuit Blanche, North Sugar Beach Plaza, Toronto, Canada.  

2018  DECALEZ,  public engagement project about placemaking and departures, mapping, mending, and storytelling.  Blackened globe, ropes and pulleys, tarps, stories, diagrams, and reassembled garments were hoisted, sewn, and annotated in an open storefront. Dos Mares, Marseille, France                             

2018 New Love,  theater and performance collaboration on stories of contemporary western queer desire with Tony Whitfield+.  Spinning enormous kitchen table, 7 performers, mutable clothing, projected images of flooding and sound. (costume, soft props, audience engagement)  La MaMa Theater & Howl Gallery, NYC.

2018 In My Mind We Are Always Naked, participatory gallery performance of New Love with Tony Whitfield +. Howl Gallery, NYC. Clouet Gardens Project,  a public project in the Clouet Gardens – an occupation of unorganized territory in a conflict zone of disputed entitlement. Bureaucratic file cases, parachutes, a surveillance beacon, a swing and telephone dangling from the old oak tree, a steering wheel, a train whistle, tents and the full text of the lawsuit against 94 Oil and Gas Companies.  The Fringe Festival, New Orleans

2013 The Mine Project / DaDa SPILL,  a massive security breach is played out with our unwitting complicity in a participatory crowd project within an abandoned cement mine. An absurdist cavern of bureaucracy including paperwork, customer service, flashlights, interpretive guides and a phisherman. Data storage is transposed as new geological strata in this dark-humored crowd project with collaborator Kate Hamilton, 28 volunteers, 300 participants. The Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, NY

2010 The White Garden Watermill International Summer Program, with Robert Wilson and Andre Bartenev.

2009 Refractions, costumes, Clyde Forth Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC
A la Pintura, costumes, Clyde Forth Dance Theater, La Roulette, NYC
2016 – 2018 POST INDUSTRIAL FOLK WEAR PROJECTS  Clothing as a catalyst for urban disruption and engagement on the sidewalks of Berlin, in a Chashama Storefront NYC, and Conflux Psychogeography Festival in Brooklyn.
2011 -2018 gift giving – mau engages with interpersonal gift giving at the Women’s March NYC, Millions March NYC, Climate March NYC, Occupy NYC.
1992 – 1998 TROPIST FOUNDATION, Amsterdam, NL, Dutch artist collective.
The Riddle in the Old Church – 1996 interactive phosphorescent light/sound/object installation in a medieval church, Ouderkerk, Amsterdam, NL.
The Messenger/ Hermit II – The Mess Age 1995 installation with transistor radios, parabolic dishes, and spinning camera obscuras, Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic.

2019 Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2019 Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, Peters Valley School of Craft
2018 Bojagi International Festival, reinterpretation of traditional textile tradition, Seoul, S. Korea.
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Smithsonian & Philadelphia Art Museum Craft Shows  
2014 States of Security Clothing and hybrid tools, KMOCA Kingston, NY
2014 GROUNDSWELL, sound/object site installation, Olana & Wave Farm, Hudson.
2011 The Arab Spring, paper cutouts, The Shirt Factory Kingston NY
2011 In Situ, material culture, KMOCA Kingston NY
2010 STORM/Structure: Dress Cartography Series NYC, London, Paris, Amsterdam
2001 Blue Dress/ Form and Feel, 10 cyanotype dresses. Julie: Artisans’ Gallery, NYC
1999 Circles and Squares: Folded and Punched, clothing, Bernard Toale, Boston
1998 Flow Visualization, clothing, Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, NYC
1998 Fishing in Muddy Water, clothing, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
1996 Night Walk 11 photographic dresses. Galerie MARZEE, Amersfoort,
1993 Kinderspel, installation, The Textile Museum of the Netherlands, Tilburg
1992 The Dilated Eye, sound/light/object installation, Time Based Arts, Amsterdam
1983 – 2013 Julie: Artisan’s Gallery, yearly exhibitions NYC

1984 – 1995  Art and Design Academies: Gerrit Reitveld in Amsterdam, The Royal College of Art in the Hague, University of Art and Design in Tilburg, NL,  and the University of Wales in Newport – ‘Art as a Form of Social Intervention’

mau studio unique clothing since 1983 founded on the conviction that clothing can be a form of social intervention.   REPRESENTED by Julie: Artisan’s Gallery NYC 1983-2013.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS   Victoria & Albert Museum, Philadelphia Art Museum, Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, Textile Museum NL, Municipal Museum in the Hague, Art in Embassy Program in Geneva and Baku.
GROUP MUSEUM SHOWS  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum, The Dutch Textile, The Hague Municipal, the Victoria and Albert, Manchester, Wraclow Architecture, Bayreath, Helsinki Art, de Young, Dorsky, New York State, Noyes, and others.
GROUP GALLERY SHOWS   South Korea, England & Co. London, Battersea and Camden Arts London, Helen Drutt Philadelphia, SPOT Poland, Dieu Donne NYC, Avignon Festival and others.
CURATORIAL –  Conceptual Clothing, Great Britain 12 venue touring exhibition curated in collaboration with Fran Cottell. 23 visual and performing artists, hosted by IKON Gallery.
GRANTS & SUBSIDIES   Artscape Toronto, Haystack Open Studio Residency, Robert Wilson & Watermill Foundation, Women’s Studio Workshop w/ Kate Hamilton, CHASHAMA NYC, Mondrian Funds, Amsterdam Art Funds, The Dutch Government, British Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts.
2016 -2019 Awards of Excellence and Best of Show: Bellevue Art Museum Art Festival, Cherry Creek Denver Art Festival, American Craft Council Show San Francisco.   Excellent Design of the Future Award at the Smithsonian Museum Craft Show and Award of Excellence for Innovation in Craft from the James Renwick Alliance.

The Free Cafe, People’s Place Community Cafe, Kingston NY
The Climate Reality Project – leadership corps training certificate
Mutual Aid Society, free food and clothing initiatives, Kingston NY                                                                                Public Access Television Program 1999 – 2002 , produced and directed community hour long weekly program, Esopus Library, NY

-1995 Esopus, NY, 1995-89 Amsterdam, 1989-85 Paris, 1985-83 London, 1983-80 Philadelphia and NYC

marian schoettle
projects. objects. clothing.

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