Staging the Non-Human Character: Animal, Alien, or Architecture (Symposium / Streaming)

wearable architecture from Object of Her Affection, photo Steve Gunther

Saturday, January 22, 2022, I will be discussing the creation and development of Object of Her Affection at the symposium, Staging the Non-Human Character; Animal, Alien, or Architecture. with Maria Camia, Nick Lehane, Basil Twist, and moderator, Dr. Paulette Richards. The symposium, part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival will be streaming at on HowlRound at 11:00 AM EST / 10:00AM CST / 9:00AM PST.

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Simone Gad (1947-2021)

I first became aware of Simone Gad running into her at art openings where she was often accompanied by Sheree Rose. I heard that Simone was a former child actor and outsider artist, but didn’t know her all that well. That all changed one day when Sean Meredith suggested we partner for an exhibition at Track 16.

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How We Got Stuck Together

Detail from (In)/Animate Objects Panel #1, 2019,  photo: Track 16

Whether it’s disintegrating dolls, mutant ceramic bunnies, or rescue animal pinups, the artists of Stuck Together: Marsian De Lellis, Simone Gad, Debra Broz, playfully handcraft responses to mass-produced objects and images charged with autobiographical fragments. Join me on a virtual tour, where we can survey the work for context… Continue reading “How We Got Stuck Together”

Flashback Friday

In organizing the Kickstarter campaign for Object of Her Affection, I’ve been reflecting on the inspiration that led to the performance.  I’ve been developing the ideas behind Object of Her Affection for a while: Back in 2010 –  my wheels started spinning when I stumbled upon footage of a woman who wanted to marry an amusement park ride.

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DCA 2016 COLA Fellowship (support)

On June 29th. 2015, I was awarded the 2015-2016 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship from The Department of Cultural Affairs.

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The Joan Quinn Profiles

On June 23, 2014, Joan Agajanian Quinn interviewed me for her cable access show The Joan Quinn Profiles in advance of my performance, Object of Her Affection at REDCAT in Los Angeles. 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.

excerpt from Joan Quinn Profiles: Lisa Adams and Marsian De Lellis
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Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)

On March 6th, 2014, I was a visiting artist at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to teach a workshop on puppetry and performing objects at sparQ!, an activist theatre mentoring program produced by LifeWorks. There were 8 young people in the sparQ! program who ranged in age from 18-23. Continue reading “Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)”

The New American Vaudeville, Waterford, CT (presentation)

On June 2012, I hosted The New American Vaudeville, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as part of the National Puppetry Conference.  In The New American Vaudeville, I contextualized evenings of short-form puppet and object theater for adult audiences in intimate settings. The New American Vaudeville was informed by my position as co-founder and coordinator of the Puppet Slam Network from 2005 to 2016. Continue reading “The New American Vaudeville, Waterford, CT (presentation)”

City Paper – 12/14/11, Baltimore (press)

2011-12-14-CP-16x9-Body#1-100dpi City Paper Baltimore 2011 Fudgie Object/Fetish

On December 14, 2011, Baltimore’s City Paper included me in their Top Ten – The Year In Art, characterizing my work at the Transmodern Festival as “..a whole slew of WTF”.

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Object/Fetish, Baltimore (artist talk)

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On  April 30, 2011, I presented my multimedia artist talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief  at a salon/art party in the H&H Arts Building in Baltimore as part of the Transmodern Festival. The artist talk was co-sponsored by the Maryland Institue College of Art’s Fiber, Sculpture and Humanistic Studies Departments.

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