Marie Bergstedt artist

Welcome to my website! This is "Thelma" my great aunt and notable bassist and jazz band director during Chicago's roaring 1920s.


People and their stories captivate me, launching my artwork. Family members, a mixed-up tree of bloodlines that nobody can follow without a chart, especially encourage exploration of contradictions, tragedies, challenges, and outright bliss. Add a lifetime of experience with fascinating friends and you have my inspiration to unbutton stories, mend tears, and stitch together visual tales. I search for the best materials and techniques to visualize the wealth of personal relationships and episodes I experience, with a goal to encourage viewers to discover their own narrative through my characters. Textiles, the most universal material of mankind, support this journey.