Marisa Gallemit

September 27, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Ottawa Art Gallery

part of a series on Muse


About the speaker

MUSE is a noun: a source of inspiration, a guiding genius. MUSE is also a verb: to think about something carefully and thoroughly.

Where do these intersect?

From the Greek goddesses of knowledge and art to the generative concept of flow, our CreativeMornings September talk will explore how we locate the spark of new ideas. Ottawa-based visual artist Marisa Gallemit shares her musings on the unwieldy process of finding expansive mentors, foraging the imagination and trusting in the potency of our own innate ingenuity.

Marisa is an Ottawa-based visual artist whose practice spans sculpture, assemblage, site-specific installation, storytelling and arts advocacy. Her three-dimensional works explore repurposed materials, rhythmic forms and organic textures, acting as tactile monuments to our collective and subtle human experiences.

Motivated by the concept that every object carries its own history and energy, Marisa considers the selection process of materials as paramount. Found objects and discarded artifacts are favoured as much for their visual markings of time and wear as for their emblematic significance - either as souvenirs from a particular time period or as fossils of a lived, emotionally-charged experience. Old things tell stories.

Marisa manipulates, deconstructs and distorts objects into sculptural compositions which mimic the corporal and the natural. Informed by womanhood, motherhood and third-culture shock, she explores the odyssey of human emotion, identity and heritage. The goal of each reconciled assemblage is to lean deeply into Buckminster Fuller’s query:

“Now, how do we make this spaceship work?”

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Additional details

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community with chapters in over 200 cities around the world. Each month we host an event that is always on a Friday, always in the morning, and always free. We provide coffee, a light breakfast, and a 20-30 minute presentation from a local creative person on the global CreativeMornings theme for that month.

Event Schedule:
8:30 AM - Doors open
8:30 - 9 AM - Check in, enjoy breakfast
9:00 AM - Talk begins
9:10 AM Speaker takes the stage.
9:45 AM Q&A with speaker
9:50 AM Closing remarks
9:55 AM Audience takes the stage!
10:00 AM Off to work!

About the theme:
Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Beloved artist Frida Kahlo once famously said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.

Chances are your muse will come out to play.

Our Dubai chapter chose this month’s exploration of Muse and Shahul Hameed illustrated the theme. Presented around the world by our Global Partner, Mailchimp.

Accessibility: Venue is fully accessible. If you require any additional help or have suggestions as to how we could make our events more inclusive, please give us a shout ottawa@creativemornings.com!

Para Transpo drop-off entrance: 10 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2. The Daly entrance is between Waller and Nicholas on the south side. The gallery’s large glass double doors are recessed from the street.

Parking: Street metered parking is available (check hourly limits) in the nearby Sandy Hill residential area.

Other paid parking options include: Le Germain Hotel parkade (Level P1), Novotel parkade (Entrance: 3 Daly Avenue) and the Rideau Centre parkade (Entrance: 80 Nicholas Street or 5 Daly Avenue).

Public Transit: For those taking OC Transpo, get off at Mackenzie King Bridge, walk east towards Ottawa U. The gallery is on the same side of the street as the Rideau Centre mall, at the northwest corner of Mackenzie King and Waller. The gallery’s entrance is recessed from the street with an LED sign out front.