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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 lived in London for over fifteen years, during which time her work became more and more about America—the longer she was away from her country, the more deeply she began to understand and engage with it.

Marisa J. Futernick currently works between the US and the UK. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. Futernick attended Yale University; Goldsmiths College; and the Royal Academy Schools, London. She has published several books, including 13 Presidents (Slimvolume, 2016), How I Taught Umberto Eco to Love the Bomb (RA Editions and California Fever Press, 2015), and The Watergate Complex (Rice + Toye, 2015). She has exhibited widely, at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Jerwood Space, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Outpost, Norwich; and Yale University. She has recently been commissioned to create a billboard project for Kingsgate Project Space, London, in 2018.

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