Marie Gardeski has been a favorite and a staple at Sager Braudis Gallery since her first exhibit here in 2014. A native of Michigan, Gardeski holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. For the 2019 January Exhibit, she brings new works in a familiar vein–illustrative, delightful, and subversive as ever. At times depicting recognizable subject matter and at other times bordering on the surreal with a dreamlike combination of traits and images, each of Gardeski’s imaginative scenes exists in service of a larger message, utilizing our expectations and her mutations thereof to hint at darker truths.


2016 Late Summer Exhibit

Marie Gardeski has flawlessly merged the worlds of illustration and fine art with her intimate, delicately detailed, mixed-media drawings featuring seemingly sweet subjects within the confines of sinister environments.  With a rotating cast of characters and mind-bending situational narratives, the works are conveyed in a soft palette and diminutive size, creating a sense of preciousness quickly turned on its head by their content.  Gardeski’s technique with line work and loose watercolor combined with a heavy dose of pathos in their conceptual elements, give the paintings a sense of having been lifted from a book of post-modern fairytales.  Whether the danger within be implicit or explicit, the viewer is coerced into the narrative by the artist’s provocative subtlety.  Gardeski has created a unique artistic voice, humorous and unflinching, a visual id of the hapless to be enjoyed from a safe distance.