Martin Tadman with Pet Squirrel ©Marianna Gartner

Martin Tadman with Pet Squirrel, 2007 ©Marianna Gartner

Girls with Devil Doll, 2003 ©Marianna Gartner

Girls with Devil Doll, 2003 ©Marianna Gartner

I first read about Marianna Gartner in Alberto Manguel’s book Reading Pictures. I fell in love with her work. Since, i’ve only found a couple of things about her. Gartner seems to be a ghost artist. Like with her work she invites this ghostly feeling along with eeriness, quizzical and sometimes melancholic. If i’m not mistaken, she works with old photographs and then transfers her chosen subjects into her invented painted worlds. Artnet has some information about her but if anybody knows of some upcoming exhibits or other fun stuff, i would love to catch it, if in close vicinity!