Marie Wustner is an American documentary painter, photographer, and experimental video artist. Her background in these three mediums has influenced her interest in socially relevant and publicly accessible art forms. Her current work with experimental documentary video reveals a strong commitment to citizen journalism informed by media literacy. This work highlights open source websites sites, like Youtube, as important libraries for cultural artifact. She believes these databases are essential for the democratization of mass media, so that we may all be producers as well as consumers. Her interest in the potential of citizen media derives from her extensive travel, embedded journalism, and volunteer work, in South East Asia and China.
Marie holds a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art Education. She received her MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. Marie's work has been exhibited in Philadelphia PA, Byron Bay Australia, and Geneva NY. Her most recent exhibit was at the NFB Toronto during the Doc Now festival 2009.
Last year Marie traveled to Indonesia to developing an eCommerce project involving ecological sustainability, fair tirade, and women's empowerment. She currently resides in Vancouver Canada where she is continuing her work with fair trade, new media instillation, and documentary making.