Marc Dombrosky

Every handmade mark (whether names, phone numbers, drawings of eagles' heads, directions to someone's home, a prescription, a plea for the purchase of used flooring, or a phrenology diagram) on any scrap of paper or cardboard that Marc Dombrosky finds is salvaged and embroidered over with thread that most closely approximates the mark underneath it, in both line weight and color. Each successive found scrap expands (and complicates) the project. What may be a quiet walk from the bus stop to the convenience store is abruptly charged by a chance encounter with an emphatically scrawled rough draft for a first novel, wet and pockmarked from the asphalt.

Marc's work has been included in several national exhibitions including Skirting the Line, a group show of conceptual drawing organized by the Richard E. Peeler Art Gallery, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; Release and Capture, group exhibition, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA; Marc Dombrosky at APEX, a solo exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; and I Need to Tell You Something: The Lost Art of Letter Writing and Communication Today, group exhibition, Sun Valley Arts Center, Ketchum, ID. Marc has had two solo exhibitions at Platform. He currently teaches at Southwestern Michigan College (Dowagiac, MI), where he is Chair of the the Visual and Performing Arts Department. 


Installation view from the 2014 exhibition Who Throws Their Sister to the Wolves Under the Bus?

FOR SALE 2009, embroidery on cardboard box, 12 x 13 x 19.5 inches, $1,200

UNTITLED (425), 2009, embroidery on found paper, 4.25 x 3 inches, dated and signed, $400


BENTLEY, undated, embroidery on found car key tag, 1.5 x 2.75 inches, $200

I (HEART) BÍCHONS, undated, embroidery on found note paper, 4 x 6 inches, each, $800

TAKING A NAP 2008, embroidery on found note paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, title and date on back in pencil, $800 unframed

HI RHYNO undated, embroidery on found paper with tape, 8.5 x 6 inches, $600


UNTITLED (Two Faces) 2006, embroidery on found notebook paper, 5 x 3 inches, $300 unframed

YOUR BOY HUDSON 2010–2011, embroidery on found paper, 11 x 8.5 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $400

DEAREST SUSAN 2015, embroidery on found notecard, 8 x 4.75 inches (inside and outside views), $600

YOU ARE HAPPY 2015, embroidery on found folded paper, 2.5 x 5 inches (folded), $300


ACCOMPLISHED LIST 2014, embroidery on found note paper, 5.5 x 4 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $300

HUH?! undated, embroidery on found cardboard, X x X inches, $800

ABJECTION undated, embroidery on found paper, 3 inches diameter, $400

HERE'S THE STUFF MAN undated, embroidery on found paper, 3.5 x 5 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $200

BUT IT IS NOT POO 2012, embroidery on found PostIt, 5 x 3 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $400

AL-YOU HAVE A MESSAGE! 2013, embroidery on found paper, 3.75 x 4.25 inches, signed and dated in pencil on back, $150

SO ARE YOU THROWING AWAY THE LETTERS... undated, embroidery on found postcard addressed to Nirvana,
5.5 x 3.5 inches, $600