Mieke Marple primarily uses painting and drawing to create hybrid imaginary creatures, fusing the human figure with elements like fruits and flowers, exploring the erotic. She also reframes the way in which we view traditional card games, as can be seen in her Art World Tarot Edition II, a 78-card deck that depicts real people in the artist's life and other figures who have been important to her. Her second edition mirrors her desires and fears, particularly in relation to the “Tower” of Trump.
Marple was co-owner of Night Gallery, Los Angeles, from 2011 until 2016, and has been written about by The New York Times and W Magazine, among other publications. In 2012, Marple produced the web series Feast of Burden, directed by filmmaker Eugene Kotlyarenko and distributed by MOCAtv. In 2014, she also co-founded the “Sexy Beast Benefit for Planned Parenthood LA,” and remains on the organization’s advisory board. Marple lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently an artist in residency at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.
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