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Marissa Shell



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Joined Northwest in 2018

Adjunct Professor


  • MFA, University of Kansas
  • BFA, SUNY Purchase

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Design
  • Drawing
  • Art Appreciation
  • Fibers

Academic Interests

Marissa Shell is a mixed media artist whose practice is rooted in craft and design. She is interested in the planetary effects of the Anthropocene and creates works of art that are visual fragments of a future dystopia that reveal Earth’s reclamation of the physical world following human extinction. Lush and visceral textures emulate natural forms that have been replaced with synthetic materials, and geological landscapes and the beauty of wilderness are subverted through residual polystyrene, plastic, and vinyl left behind by humans. Her illusory worlds poignantly speculate on the effects that mass urbanization and industrialization will eventually have on ecology, geology, and the rest of the environment; and ways in which anthropogenic activity will eventually transform the geography of Earth’s landscapes.

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Other Professional Experiences

  • Charlotte Street, Kansas City, MO
  • Koch Cultural Trust, Wichita, KS
  • I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, CT
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY