Marie Yoho Dorsey's work is an exploration of origin and inheritance. Contemporary Ikebana and design principles shape the inner logic of her work.
Dorsey is interested in memory and how it structures relationships to time, collective history and identity. She believes identities are not fixed, but are constantly evolving in response to the world around us.
Her current work explores relationships to ancient world belief systems such as cartomancy and astrology-in particular, natal birth charts; a desire to venture into unknown territories and the visual systems it creates. Dorsey practices the of the art Ikebana-a constant search for balance between the earth, the sky and man-a parallel to her own personal, spiritual journey.
Dorsey is a visual artist and educator whose work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany and Japan. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including residencies at MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Artist Relief Fund, NY.
Dorsey's work can be found in public collections including the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, the Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg, FL, the West Virginia Museum of Art and the Snide Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as ART PAPERS, dART Intl. Magazine, and ART IN PRINT.
Dorsey was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She studied at the Sogetsu school of Ikebana in Tokyo, Japan, with filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara. She received her MFA from the University of South Florida in 2005.