Marieke Denil

Born in Nova-Scotia (1990), currently studying in Montreal working towards a BFA with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at Concordia University. Denil produces oil and acrylic paintings, and sculptural ceramics. In her work, Denil explores self-identity and culture with recurring motifs of childhood, fast food and animals.



What’s the last thing you created? 

I spent the last two weeks making lots and lots of plaster molds, which I have finally finished doing. Now I can start casting with porcelain in them. I am happy that I won’t have to mix up plaster for a very long time.

How do you perceive art school?

Art school is great. It’s a place to try new things, exchange ideas, take risks and make mistakes.

Selling art to make art or making art to sell art?

Selling art to make art.

What role does the artist have in society?

Artists are there to help understand, explain and reflect what is happening in the world.

What themes do you pursue?

I like to focus on things that are important to me, like my childhood, my dog,

and the things that happen in my life.

Why art?

It’s all I really wanted to do. I tried to do other things, I always just came back to doing art.

What do you dislike about the art world?

Arbitrary hierarchies

Name three artists you admire.

Honor Freeman, Eva Hesse, Lynda Benglis

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Get an mfa so I can teach and hopefully also make and sell art.


Where are you from?

Nova Scotia. I lived in a big blue house across the street from the ocean.