Marieke Dench is a nationally recognised Australian artist. She has a Fine Arts Degree from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), a 1st Class Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T) and a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne (receiving the award for Practical Teacher of the Year).
Marieke has successfully maintained a recognised arts practice in her own right, exhibiting nationally and internationally for almost 20 years. The breadth of her practice is vast and includes painting, encaustic painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture and architectural installation.
Marieke has a reputation for approaching two-dimensional material with a sculptor’s eye and her works hover between the object and the description of an object and/or concept. Her ongoing interest in image making and how humans navigate through a diverse and wide range of situations and locales brings forth intellectually challenging and engaging works.
Marieke has been the recipient of a Collie Trust Scholarship as well as winning a number of awards, including the Silk Cut Award and the Shell Fremantle Non-Acquisitive Print Award. Her work is held in numerous Australian public and private collections and has undertaken major commissions in both of these sectors.