A lexicon of symbols and motifs, at once universal and personal, distinguishes the imagery of Borgelt’s work. 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.
In the presence of Marion Borgelt’s work one is struck by the energy that her vibrant works emit. The intricate contours and curves are bathed in Borgelt’s signature luminous hues. The paintings and cut works appear alive, animated by vivid colours in metallics and oils. They illuminate their immediate surroundings creating a lively ambience, enveloping the viewer with their light and apparent motion.
Borgelt explores complex themes such as motion, the sequential measuring of time and the orbit of the moon and planets in sculptural installations such as Moonlight Tsukimi, Lunar Warp and Lunar Circle. The influence of the celestial on our sense of time and space is immeasurable and it is from this fact that Borgelt draws inspiration, referencing the passing of time, the constant state of flux, the ‘heartbeat’ of our solar system. As the ancient philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘Change is the only constant, nothing endures but change itself’. (Mia Pinjuh)