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Marion Wagschal

Visual Arts

The body figures prominently in celebrated painter Marion Wagschal’s work, but it’s often one that appears wrinkled, aged, and tired. In paintings such as the seventies-era Backyard and The Birthday Party, she foregoes the monumental to paint the everyday. Her work integrates dark references, even in her playful pieces. She has also looked closely at art itself, particularly in the 1993 piece, Limelight Loom. Her work has been shown in several museums and galleries, including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. Wagschal, whose parents fled Germany in 1938, came to Canada in 1951 from Port of Spain, Trinidad. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate training at Concordia University, the same institution where she taught studio art. She recently retired after 37 years. (PF)

Blackbeard's Castle, acrylic on canvas. Photo Credit: Christine Guest