Marilyn Artus is a visual artist who explores the female experience in her works. Marilyn has also been a burlesque promoter, curator and female artist mentor. She has created shows that explore the suffragette era in the US, paid tribute to founding burlesque performers and continues to collide the many different stereotypes that women navigate through on a daily basis.
Marilyn grew up in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent two years of college at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She then returned to Oklahoma and finished her bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. She worked for 13 years in the gift industry designing products and packaging for United Design Corporation and Relevant Products for manufacturing worldwide. In 2008, Marilyn became a full-time visual artist.
Some of the highlights of Marilyn's art career so far have been Solo and group shows in Oklahoma and Washington, the first to receive the annual Brady Craft Alliance Award for Innovation in fiber arts in 2011 and in 2010 led an art making workshop at the Brooklyn Museum in New York in association with the retrospective exhibit 'Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968'
She was selected to exhibit in the premier exhibit of “Elevate” on the guest room floor elevator lobbies at the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City.
In recent works, I have been using the American flag and all its preexisting meanings as a vehicle for exploration of the feminine. I select materials and machine sew them onto vinyl. Yes, the fabric store, by the yard, cover your 1950's couch to protect it from the guests, vinyl. I then hand sew the stripes. The final work is covered in 3 layers of quality resin for a high gloss finish. I use unexpected materials to create these pieces such as vintage slides, matchbook covers, old photos, tickets, playing cards, etc. There are cleared checks in some of the pieces that were house payments made by my In-Laws on their American dream. The measuring tape and the repeated use of numbers represents how women are constantly being measured in a unique way from men.