A self-described glassblower and collector of beat-up objects, Marquis has made work that ranges from commentary on contemporary art and folk culture to social, art, and glass history. Like the outsider artists that he admires, his pieces are elements, almost by-products, of an elaborate universe under construction.
Marquis’s love of glass and glass history is demonstrated by his expert use of classic Venetian techniques such as murrine, granulare, and zanfirico. In Lumpyware Shelf Unit – Lighthouse, a collection of Marquis’s eccentric granulare vessels are presented in the kitsch context of a “Dutch”-style white wood shelf backed by a 1960s paint-by-number painting. This fascination for found objects, coupled with Marquis’s attraction to difficult glassworking techniques, defines his unique style.