Marie Griesmar is a Swiss artist from Lausanne. In her artistic practice, she focuses primarily on exploring the topic of water and the underwater world, using scientific methods such as limnology, hydrology, and marine biology.
Marie has worked at various places worldwide and represented her artwork at numerous exhibitions. In 2016, Marie took part in an art residency in Saudi Arabia, where, together with the Reef Genomics Lab of the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST University in Jeddah, she explored how to generate evolutionary sculptures in the Red Sea. In 2018, she further developed her project « Beneath the Sea » at the Pier 17 Science Studio of swissnex San Francisco. There she organized panel discussions, community events and showed her resulting sculptures at a final exhibition.
As a fellow at ETH Library Lab, Marie Griesmar is now deepening her research on how artistic structures can help to protect, restore and preserve marine organisms. She is currently investigating alternative designs and fabrication strategies, combining sustainable material and new technology to create clay artificial reefs.
Marie’s project “Beneath the Sea” is supervised by leading architects of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich. At the same time, she is involved as collaborating tutor in the MAS thesis project “Computational Coral Clay Cities (CCCC)” at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich.
Supported by the Ceramic Workshop of ZHdK, Marie also produces 3D-printed models for the Material Archiv during her fellowship at ETH Library Lab. The Material Archiv is a sector-independent and interdisciplinary network consisting of Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Sitterwerk St. Gallen, Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture, ETH Zurich, ZHAW, Bern University of the Arts, as well as Zurich University of the Arts.