Canadian interdisciplinary artist Marian Wihak was born and raised in the city of Regina, in the great plains of South Central Saskatchewan, and lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.
Originally trained in theatre design at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and with a long-standing career as a film production designer, Marian is also a visual artist with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from OCADU.
For many years the focus of her visual art practice was rooted in creating evocative, large-scale oil paintings that chart nocturnal lightscapes both rural and urban, inner psychological landscapes, and dynamic weather systems. Currently she is building on her familiarity with and understanding of spatial responsiveness and metaphoric narrative, integrating her design and visual art practices to develop new possibilities in immersive, haptic and experiential environments. Her diverse range of research extends from theoretical physics, neuroscience to planetary science and meteorology, where asking big questions serves her overarching interest in the connective, perceptive and phenomenological aspects of chaos, the sublime and duration.
Marian has been the recipient of numerous nominations and awards for her theatre and film design work and as a visual artist has being supported by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She was also a Finalist in the prestigious RBC Painting Competition (2001). Her work can has been exhibited across Canada and can be found in private and corporate collections in North America.
Learn more about Marian and her work by visiting www.marianwihak.com