(In)/Animate Objects triptych, Automata

(In)/Animate Objects triptych, 32"x13.16", 2017, Marsian De Lellis
(In)/Animate Objects triptych, 32″x13.16″, limited edition archival print, 2016

From December 10th-20th, “(In)/Animate Objects triptych”a limited edition photograph, was part of an auction for Automata.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
video Alex Griffin


In the original installation, (In)/Animate Objects, from which the dolls were photographed, a mountain of decaying rag dolls towers to the ceiling, upon which their maker, the grandmother, presides from the throne of her wingback chair. (In)/Animate Objects  – my installation for the COLA Fellowship exhibition was the second half of a diptych. Its companion, Object of Her Affection is a puppetry performance focused on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

(In)/Animate Objects Triptych

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

504 Chung King Ct,
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Automata’s benefit auction offered an opportunity to collect unique artworks from nationally and internationally recognized artists, and to support Automata’s ability to continue to offer singular, small, strange, painstakingly created puppet theater, experimental music, cinema, visual performance, and installation in Los Angeles.

Automata is a Los Angeles arts organization dedicated to experimental puppet theater, film, and contemporary art practices. The dolls in the photograph were originally part of (In)/Animate Objects, my installation for the 2016 COLA Fellowship exhibition.

Automata is a worthwhile organization that has been crucial to my development as an artist. In 2014 Automata awarded me an artist residency for the development of  Object of Her Affection and hosted early readings. In 2010 they co-presented Bride of Wildenstein – The MusicalI have also been a part of their cabaret and the performances of Susan Simpson and Janie Geiser.

Located in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles, Automata is dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface.

Automata is committed to nurturing new work engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated. They seek to radically redefine and re-contextualize the notion of object performance, locating it at the intersection of contemporary performance, media, visual art, sound art and experimental writing. (More)


The auction of puppets, photographs, drawings, videos, sculptures and other rarities were created by artists who have presented work with Automata over the past decade. Artists included:

Peggy Ahwesh

Molly Allis

Deborah Aschheim

Marsian DeLellis

Janie Geiser

Laura Heit

Robby Herbst

John Hogan

Lynn Jeffries

Lewis Klahr

Charlotte Pryce

Susan Simpson


Automata is located in the Chinatown Arts District of Los Angeles.

Automata, Photography: Courtesy Miggie Wong

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2019 Love
&/or Fear
2019 Rosalux
2017 Auction
2017 COLA20
2016 COLA


(In)/Animate Objects was made possible with funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and through fabrication and assistance from numerous individuals.