marisa gallemit is an Ottawa-born artist currently exploring sculpture as a medium. After studying film at Carleton University and at the New York Film Academy, she turned her focus to working with textiles, creating soft furnishings. Her newest work is inspired by and constructed with recycled and repurposed materials, concentrating on organic forms and natural textures.

summer work

Friday, September 30, 2011 @ 2:40 PM by marisa | 0 comments »

did some press for chinatown remixed early in the summer.  twas fun!

for Ottawa's A Channel - A Morning Weekend Edition

Saturday May 14, 2011

In Town and Out interview with Michael Bhardwaj
Saturday May 14, 2011 on CBC Radio One:


Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 3:21 PM by marisa | 0 comments »

dare i declare that summer is over?
despite the balmy temperatures here in ottawa, fall is in the air - it stirs up melancholy in me, fall has always been a time of big changes for me...and every autumn brings recollections of the beginnings that found their start during this time of year.

but a moment to look back on the past few glorious, blistering months:

we moved!
it was hell.

 trae did a bunch of cool stuff:  graduated from grade school, won the league baseball tournament, donned a tux in calgary for his cousin's wedding, went to nova scotia for three weeks with his pal, zach.

we went to movies, grew things in our garden, visited with old friends, ate like vikings, (new bbq...oh the scent of grilled meats!) rode bikes, cruised around in a chartreuse dune buggy, swam a little, and sauntered around the wonderland that is ottawa in the summer.

my attempt at pesto was a collossal fail

this one was particularly delicious

cap'n amrca
pat's vintage meyers manx buggy

big up cruickshank crew
we made these!

smoque shack offerings

it was a good season...and now, onwards!

the kid's got a mouth full of metal

thanks for the kisses, sweet summer sun

let's do it

Chinatown Remixed 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 6:30 PM by marisa | 0 comments »

Today was the third annual kick-off to the Chinatown Remixed Art Festival - what an amazing event - 40 artists showing work in 40 different local venues, mass vernissages today between 2-5pm, live music, live dj's, taiko drummers, installation art, performance art, visual art, sculpture...amazing multi-cultural food and vibrations.

My assigment was #5, Aline's Hair Design.  All my window dressing dreams come true - i am grateful to have been given this space: a fabulous old- fashioned storefront, many windows and a few metres of non-wall space in which to suspend my pieces, horizontal surfaces to scatter my creations.

this is pretty much what it all looks like.  pieces are for sale, please contact me if there is any interest in taking one home at

so overwhelming -  the quality and quantity of inspiring and gorgeous work.  of the works that i saw today: Britta Evans-Fenton's chopsticks semaphore installation piece at Double Happiness BBQ Food... Tanis Dennis' whimsical and inquisitive ink and watercolour works at Fuschian Vietnamese Restaurant...Joa Keur's super-saturated photographs of hawaiian blooms at Co Cham...Dan Martelock's graphic canvasses depicting bold pilot-birds layered over textured backgrounds at Tin Bo Travel... Don Kwan's luminous photo-transparencies which can be viewed perfectly from the Kowloon Market's checkout lines...Guillermo Trejo wows us again this year with his kitchy and humourous screen prints which fuse mexican wrestling with asian soup at Pho Bo Ga King...Karina Bergmans' enormous and show-stopping kanji soft sculpture at Shanghai Restaurant...the list will continue over the next few weeks as i discover all 40 venues and their delights therein.

mama nature spared us the rain today, which suited me just fine as i was stationed out on the pavement in front of my art.  the Chinatown Remixed Collective reigned victorious today, the event was a huge success and i am thrilled and grateful to have been able to participate again this year!

more details at

more soon...

shannon armishaw

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @ 9:21 PM by marisa

holy wow - things are a-poppin' around here!

i am happy to announce that i am the new art curator at the manx pub - i am thrilled to bits to have this opportunity to learn and organize and immerse myself yet again in more art. i've just helped to take down the art show of shannon armishaw. get a load of her work - precious (in the good way) and melancholic.  the theme of these particular works is paris;  she incorporates photo-transferred images and painted impressions of parisian buildings and layers them with mylar sketches and lace inserts. they are canvasses, shadow boxes and smaller vintage-framed pieces - a real mix of media unified by rosy colours and loose, hazy brush-strokes.

'Changed Shape and Fragmented' by shannon armishaw
'The Buildings Bright' by shannon armishaw
'Shape Shifted in the City' by shannon armishaw
'The Secrets Made It Easy' by shannon armishaw

paris was obviously the epicentre of some awakening and herein she pays tribute to this event, asking us to fill in our own blanks. look at the palette! amazing.

i am anxious to see shannon's past works, a series of portraits, in person. again she layers the paint and texture with mylar and custom-made shadow boxes.  check out her site!


Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 2:30 PM by marisa

the way i do it is just the way i do it

fresh start

Saturday, January 1, 2011 @ 4:50 PM by marisa | 0 comments »

it's going to take at least a month before i figure out how to replace that last zero with an extra one.
so much potential for this one, really feeling that amazing 'snakes in the belly' sensation that might be a blend of anxiety, hope, excitement and joy.
oh, what is to come?

we spent much of the holidays with my best little boy and he brought me so much focus - inspiring me to just sink into my deep maternal love (never thought i had it) and forget all other incidentals, all the weird niggly stuff that gets normally under my skin. he's still at a precious age whereby he can still hang with his mama and isn't too cool to cuddle and hold hands. for this i am grateful.
i see the signs of time passing (the boy's increasing shoe sizes, ever more of my silver hairs, josh's creaking bones) but i don't feel it whizzing by.
is it inattention on my part or is it just that i am here now, in the moment?

2011: release more baggage, stuff that i carry around that is no longer useful to me and try to replace it with new treasures that will allow for more calm, more balance, more now.

i'm building a still, to slow down the time