Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment
Berthold Marckwardt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies from the University
of Texas at Austin. Marckwardt has experience working as both a product developer and technical designer for such companies
as Wrangler 47, Sears Holdings, and various designers in London and New York. At The School of The Art Institute of Chicago,
Marckwardt earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body, and Garment in 2012. This installation is inspired
by Berthold Marckwardt’s narrative poem, Amish Dealing Diamonds (2014). It expresses what unites, not as a simple,
but as a complex messy whole.
Hear my Please
In a room dimly lit, with windows open, a memory slips.
I plant my stake within the margins of margins.
I am an eye, I see, I connect: images, text, objects, and language.
I collage to create pseudo self-portraits through narrative fractures
aaaby assembling tangled layers of gender, sex, violence, and family structure.
Creating landscapes that question the need to classify, to sort, to neatly categorize.
I attempt to understand what unites, not as a simple, but as a complex messy whole.
Sub-reuniting the I in me in you in we.
My practice is focused on identity, place, categorization and the breakdown of these ideas. I explore this practice through
various mediums: installation, sculpture, collage, video, and writing. I am interested in the connections of imagery
and not giving an appeasing commentary explaining the linkage. Transitions are fake, created by you to keep things
neatly organized. I work in fracture. Hear my Please is a curated installation. This installation is inspired by Marckwardt’s
narrative poem, Amish Dealing Diamonds (2014). It remixes elements from the installation /stōl/ /līf/ (2013)
and the video Nought (2014), both, of which, are iterations of the narrative poem, Amish Dealing Diamonds.