The Fingers Behind the Mayhem

Marsena Adams-Dufresne is a Chicago-based artist whose main creative outlets are embroidery and collage. The designs for her embroideries are curated from historical sources; those macabre or unusual line drawings that deserve re-creation in thread in order to tell their story to a modern audience. Her collages come together from a variety of vintage and modern magazines, books, and ephemera, and often come out a little politically charged.

Marsena also has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and is a published author and editor. In everything she does, she's interested in telling stories. About strong women. About love and myths and alchemy. About mystical creatures and racism and deadly viruses. 

Whether you're interested in the story behind the art or not, she hopes you'll find something here that inspires and delights you.