Marion Borgelt – Biography

Marion Borgelt’s luminous abstract works seem to defy genres: sculptural, painterly, and immersive. Her practice references time and timelessness, light and dark, the created world and the natural environment. Borgelt balances opposites, creating a visual language that emerges from seemingly dense themes to create a whimsical and poetic approach to making art.


Described as undulating, vibrant, and cyclic, Borgelt’s no-nonsense creative practice is the mode through which she explores ideas surrounding philosophic and academic concepts. Through painting, sculpture, and installation, Borgelt explores subjects such as semiotics, language, phenomenology, and cosmology, making tangible atavistic fantasies and mysteries.1


“In the right hands, materials have their own voice and expression,”2 states Borgelt, a sentiment she achieves in her own works. Drawing on experience with a wide range of materials, including bees-wax, canvas, felt, pigment, stainless steel, wood, stone, and organic matter, she hones her ideas to the demands of a given site, mediating the creative intervention with originality and sensitivity.3


Marion Borgelt was born in Nhill, Victoria and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She has completed a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education, Torrens School of Advanced Education, Adelaide (1977) and a Diploma of Fine Art (Painting) at the South Australia School of Art (1976).


Borgelt has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: Vibrant Matter, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2013); Arthur Guy Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria (2013); and Marion Borgelt: Mind & Matter, A 15 year Survey, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra (2010). Borgelt’s work is held in several important collections in Australia and internationally including: Art Gallery of South Australia, Auckland Museum of Contemporary Art, NZ, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada.



  1. Craven, Owen. “Marion Borgelt.” Artist Profile, 32, 2015, pp. 102-104.
  2. Ibid, pp. 104.
  3. Martin-Chew, Louise. “Luminous Light (2014) – The Art of Marion Borgelt.” Allens Art Project, pp. 1.


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