currently residing in ----> JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA 
UCSC  B.A Performance in New Media 
(film production & costume design) 

At the intersection of fashion, photography, film, stagecraft, and design, artist Marina Fini creates hallucinatory, alternative worlds. Based in California, she collaborates with friends and artists alike in the staging of these otherworldly scenes, using colorful costumes and her own handmade, plexiglass jewelry to turn her photographic subjects into ethereal cyber goddesses. When asked how she builds these characters, Fini remarked, “there’s something about transforming someone into someone they wouldn’t normally be … that is, creating an extension of themselves that I see in them.” All of her characters exude a captivating power, like the whimsical and intangible figures seen through a psychedelic dream. By exploring alternative selves in familiar contexts – a convenience store, or the Californian seaside, for example – Fini explores how subjecthood is fluid, and how such creative “shape-shifting” can alter the way we perceive our immediate reality.
- written by Hayley Evans for Beautiful Decay 

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Biography 

Marina Fini is a multimedia artist known for her plexiglass creations and ethereal full room installations that illuminate the complex and transformative relationships between digital technology, nature, psychedelia, and identity. Fini was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she still resides. She began her artistic career studying film at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Performance in New Media, a unique curriculum she designed that focused on the use of stagecraft, costuming, photography, and new technology in the production of experimental film narratives. Turning away from mainstream commercial media, Fini was already expressing her passion for cultivating a deeper, more conscious art practice that uncovers and empowers alternative and marginalized voices. Queer identities, abstract art, and high fantasy became themes that still resonate in her work today. 

 In 2012, Fini began incorporating crystals and plexiglass into her films, and shortly thereafter, began creating jewelry to fund her filmmaking projects. Her plexiglass jewelry, which she names “galactic warrior princess jewelry,” has gained her international attention for its colorful, cross-generational fusion of iconography from the ‘60s, ‘90s, and the digital age. In 2013, while living in the Californian wilderness, she created Tree Temple,” a short film poking fun at internet-obsessed culture and exposing its darkness by contrasting cyber identities within natural landscapes. Shortly thereafter, she returned to LA, where she began incorporating her jewelry into small-scale installations. 

 In 2015, Fini decided she wanted to work on larger, more immersive projects. She began creating plexiglass furniture, and in collaboration with artists Signe Pierce & Sierra Grace, launched Motelscape at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Motelscape was a full-room installation involving video, photos and Fini’s unique décor in the creation of a secluded, fantasy-driven landscape; by combining the nostalgia of 1960s psychedelia with space-age motifs, Fini at once created a sensual alternate world while critiquing modern patterns of excess and the commodification of desire. Motelscape was met with acclaim, earning her accolades from publications such as VICE and Dazed. It was later recreated as Motelscape 2: Clean Rooms, Low Rates in Seattle in November 2017. 

 Creating escapist worlds became an ongoing theme for Fini, and in 2016, after experiencing a personal shift, she realized she wanted to go deeper. Her escapist art became more focused on spreading light, happiness, and color; she wanted people to escape into contentment by offering them a healing, utopic refuge in our often-darkworld. She began incorporating reiki and color therapy into her installations, creating energetic fields and connections to divine powers. As a manifestation of this creative dream, in 2017, Fini launched her biggest installation to date: Secret Paths to Marina Fini. Encompassing a warehouse in San Francisco for two weeks, Secret Paths combined nature and cyber culture, showing how, despite our increasingly digitized lives, people will always return to nature in order to seek clarity and connection. These themes shape Fini’s work today. Forever an integrative artist, Fini believes that such multi sensory experiences can soothe trauma and activate the potential of the true self, thereby bringing more peace into the collective consciousness. 


 Installations and Exhibitions 


Rainbow Voyage (Pride Float Installation) 29 Rooms 

Refinery29 

June 21-24, 2018 

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco 


Lyrics to Life Installation for Genius (https://lyricstolife.genius.com/) 

Sponsored by Dropbox 

March 1-5, 2018 

Los Angeles, California 


Red Bull Photo Booth Installation 

December 15, 2017 

La Fonda Theater 

Los Angeles, California 


Motelscape 2: Clean Rooms, Low Rates 

November 1–30, 2017 

Mount Analogue 

Seattle, Washington 


Giphy Art Installation at ComplexCon (https://www.complexcon.com/) 

November 4–5, 2017 

Long Beach Convention Center 

Los Angeles, California 


Secret Paths to Marina Fini 

July 15–29, 2017 

Hosted by OPEN COLOR (weareopencolor.com) 

Heron Arts (http://heronarts.com/) 

San Francisco, California 


Installation for Dolls Kill’s EDC booth

(www.dollskill.com) 

June 2017 

Electric Daisy Carnival

Las Vegas, Nevada 


Installation Concept & ART DIRECTION for Club EXX 

April 2017 

Dolls Kill (www.dollskill.com) 

San Francisco, California 


GIRLS: Minimalist Bedroom Showcase  COLLABORATION WITH SARAH WEIS 

March 1, 2017–March 9, 2017 Hotel La Maison Champs Elysées

Paris Fashion Week

Paris, France 


Goddessphere (http://www.marinafini.com/goddessphere) 

December 2016 Art Basel 

Miami Beach, Florida 


RAINBOW DUNGEON INSTALLATION 

NIKKI LIPSTICK PARTY HELD AT SANCTUARY STUDIOS LA 

OCTOBER 31, 2016 


Installation Showcase for IN Magazine 

October 2016 B4bel4b Gallery (www.b4bel4b.com) 

Oakland, California 


Motelscape 

December 2015 Art Basel 

Miami Beach, Florida 


Thy Holy Ladies (photography showcase) 

October 25–October 29, 2014 Multi-Cultural Artist United 

Los Angeles, California 


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