Marina Fridman is a Canadian visual artist working across various media. She primarily creates immersive installations that explore our shifting perception of time and space, reality and mortality. In her work, the human body is compared to the infinitesimal and the cosmic, creating the simultaneous sensations of immensity and insignificance.
She earned her bachelor of fine arts from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and master of fine art in sculpture from Alfred University. She is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Manifest ONE Prize in 2019, and an Honorable Mention in the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2018. In addition to MacDowell, she has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the I-Park Foundation, the League Residency at Vyt, the Creative Practices Institute, the Manifest Gallery, ArtBnB Jerusalem, and the BEAMS Residency in Estonia. During her residency at MacDowell she researched fear, and the ways in which it can both divide and unite us. She combined sound, drawing, and sculpture in an installation meant to transform our collective fears into common ground through which we can connect and relate to one another. Fridman was awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for this project in 2019.