Object of Her Affection – Kickstarter Launch

On August 27th, 2018, I launched a Kickstarter Campaign for the three-week premiere of Object of Her Affection at Automata as part of LAX Festival.

photo: Kelly Stuart

Object of Her Affection is a solo object and puppet-based performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.  Created by Marsian De Lellis, and directed by Michele Spears, this unconventional love story explores the synesthetic relationship between objects and personalities, and ways that objects can occupy more than one meaning at any given time.

The campaign ran until Friday, September 21st at 3:00PM Pacific Time and was successfully funded, thanks to the support of 88 backers who helped raise $3,938


With your help I hope to raise a minimum of $3,000 to addresses urgent, necessary artist fees and production costs crucial to the project’s completion. Your donations will ensure we can present the performance in the best possible light. Anything raised towards our stretch goal of $10,000 will help increase production value, take some financial strain off mounting a large scale production, and put us in a better position for future touring possibilities.

photo: Kelly Stuart



At the “FWB” ($10) level, we’ll acknowledge your alluring micro-philanthropy online + social media, so friends, family, co-workers, and foreign adversaries will all know how generous you are. Or for slightly more, at the “Discreet” ($25) level, we’ll try to be  “discreet” (whatever that means) about your generosity and NOT acknowledge your allure on social media. Note: We can’t exactly guarantee foreign adversaries won’t find out how kind you are, and reserve the right to print your name in the program + websites)

Safe Word

Is anything ever safe? At the “Safe Word”($50) level, we’ll send a digital pdf of the script you can read anywhere. “Safe Word” is ideal for waiting rooms or plane rides (where nosey seat mates can look over your shoulder and speculate about you). There’s also the printed “Sapio” ($69) option signed by the writer and sealed in an envelope licked with the writer’s own saliva. This hard copy is a much sought after night stand (or jury duty) conversation starter.


We know many of you want the performance to tour to your far away city, or maybe you live in L.A., but don’t want to get out of bed. No worries!  We’ve got you covered with the “Voyeur” ($113) reward. You’ll receive private downloadable videos from our newly edited 51-minute Automata workshop and 29-minute REDCAT performance (both 2014) and any new bonus footage as it becomes available.

Rough Trade

Show your soft, yet aggressive side at the “Rough Trade” ($160/$169+) level, with a miniature (4”-6”), cardboard taxidermized feline head. These cruelty-free, artesanal handmade items, are the purrr-fect holiday gift that can diffuse the fiercest of vegangelical friends (or that family member with Social Justice Disorder). Every reward at the “Rough Trade” level and beyond comes with or without the plus option with tickets for Angelenos and LA visitors. Plus tickets are made available on a first-come, first-reserve basis.


At the “Situationship ($260/$269+) level, you can adopt your very own small* (4”-6”) distressed, handmade rag doll from the “(In)/Animate Objects” collection. Situationship dolls could be a thoughtful winter solstice gift for that FWB who may be agnostic, buddhist, or in some form of bereavement. Contemplate impermanence as you watch this one of a kind art piece decay over time.  The “Situationship” reward is also available with 2 tickets (for you and an emotional service human).


At the “Gainer”($560/569+) level, you can own a large 12” tall* distressed, handmade, artist rag doll from the “(In)/Animate Objects” collection. Ruminate into the tangles of dysfunctional primitive stitchery, brooding over the ephemeral nature of life and the inevitability of death, while your doll slowly deteriorates right before your eyes. Indulge yourself in mock burials, or invest in your contemporary art collection. “Gainer” level dolls come with the option of 2 tickets.

Suggested: bring an ex to the performance and bestow upon them this charming closure gift before you abandon each other.

Both “Situationship” and “Gainer” level dolls are sourced from the “(In)/Animate Objects” collection, a 2016 installation that formed the second half of a diptych with its companion, the performance, Object of Her Affection.

In the installation, years have passed since Andrea fatally fell from the crumbling tenement she was in love with.  In a dark room, a mountain of decaying dolls tower to the ceiling upon which their maker, Andrea’s grandmother, presides from the throne of her wingback chair. The thousands of dolls she has amassed in sorrow testify to the insatiable need for love at the heart of the obsessional life.

*Note: “Situationship” and “Gainer” level dolls are designed to be irregular, and may come burned, stained, soiled, and/or damaged with evidence of wear and tear.


I am also designing a small but sensual, limited edition, signed photo book of images and ephemera from our performances at the “Pornographer”($360/$369+) level.  A delightfully provocative conversation piece, the “Pornographer” level art book, comes with the option of 2 tickets for you and a trick.


Finally, at the “Throuple” ($960/969) level you’ll triple your pleasure with three rewards: a unique 12” “Gainer” level artist doll, a visually stimulating “Pornographer” level photo book, and a “Rough Trade” level Cardboard Taxidermy collectable… But why be a basic throuple when you could be a power throuple?  With the plus 3-ticket option , you could spice up poly date night with your primary and metamour.

Video and Photographs: Alex Griffin, Automata, Debra Broz, Gina Napolitan, Bart Roccoberton, Chad Williams, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Los Angeles Performance Practice, Marsian De Lellis, Carole Kim, Rafael, Hernandez, REDCAT, Steve Gunther, Wallace Molina, William  Clip from: Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower