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Marisa J. Futernick's work looks at the failed promise of the American Dream, intertwining the personal with the historical and fact with fiction, often through the act of searching for something or someplace lost or inaccessible. Issues of class, progress and real estate are also central to her practice. She uses a variety of media including photography, writing, installation, video, drawing, screenprinting and painting; with the combination of text and image a regular feature throughout her work.

Futernick is consumed by an ongoing obsession with the past, specifically the post-war period of her parents’ generation, and how it has affected her own lifetime and the present. She is American, but has lived in London for over a decade, during which time her work has become more and more about America – the longer she has been away from her country, the more deeply she has understood and engaged with it.

Marisa J. Futernick was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1980. She studied at Yale University (1998 – 2002), receiving a BA with cum laude honours and Distinction in the Major of Fine Art. In 2000, she was a Visiting Student in Visual Art at Goldsmiths College, London, where she received First Honours. She has lived and worked in London since 2002, and received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2014.

Video interview for the RA website, discussing the RA Schools Show, June 2014: