Kari Marboe and Erin Johnson met at University of California, Berkeley’s MFA program and began collaborating in 2011. Their practice involves crafting artworks of site-specific storytelling through research and response. Their time at Elsewhere marks their first residency together.

Kari Marboe received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Award for Art, in 2012 and her BFA, with honors, from California College of the Arts in 2008. Marboe is allergic to pineapple, does not feel comfortable with objects being kept in differently scaled versions of that same object (gingerbread houses constructed in houses), and prayed to a higher being during her youth for large feet which resulted in the size ten women’s shoe she wears today.

Erin Johnson is currently a MFA candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the Eisner Award in Art in 2012. Johnson curated a ballet-line dancing system as a youth, and while donning a cowboy hat, bandana, denim shorts, and ballet shoes, performed these strange hybrids at county fairs, church talent shows, and barbecues. Her artistic objectives and systems of research remain the same today.

Elsewhere Project / The Graphology Institute