Riot Material (review)


On April 8, 2019, Genie Davis reviewed Stuck Together: Marsian De Lellis, Simone Gad, Debra Broz in “Stuck Together Repurposes And Becomes Richly Subversive” for Riot Material.

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24700 (Blog)

On March 29, 2019, 24700, News from California Institute of the Arts featured my D+R Residency at Automata for Model Killer in their blog article by Katie Dunham.

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COLA20 (book launch)

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On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los AngelesCOLA 20, a hardbound edition, that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. (In)/Animate Objects explored the excesses of a doll hoarding grandmother and featured 1,261 handmade, distressed rag dolls. Continue reading “COLA20 (book launch)”

Model Killer – Model Victims, Waterford, CT (workshop performance)

Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine
Model Killer, 2017, Photo: Richard Termine

On June 16th + 17th, I presented an initial scene from Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups, as an artist-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center at the culmination of the National Puppetry Conference. Model Killer is a morbid comedy centered on Vivian Nutt, a disgruntled dollhouse maker turned investigator. Vivian builds dioramas of unsolved murders, only for it to be revealed that she is a serial killer.  In Model Killer, I am creating a universe in which I invite the viewer to reconsider female serial killers, the historically feminine craft of miniatures, and murder as entertainment.

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Raggedy Ann to Real Doll 2017, Los Angeles (video installation)

2017, photo: Curt Lemieux
2017, photo: Curt Lemieux

From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th  Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In  Raggedy Ann to Real Doll,  I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife.  I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.

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American Theatre (magazine)

On April 20th, 2017, American Theatre, a publication of Theatre Communications Group announced the 2017 season at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, including my artist-in-residence at the National Puppetry Conference. The artist-in-residence was for Model Killer: Giant Crimes & Tiny Cover-Ups, a morbid comedy.

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Web of Mystery, Los Angeles (performance)

2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson
2011, Photo: Paula Sjunneson

On July 9th and 10th, 2011,  I performed Web of Mystery at Rachel Rosenthal Company in Culver City, Los Angeles. In Web of Mystery, a spider dances with it’s puppeteers before overtaking one of them. Melissa Dunphy composed original music.

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Reptile Under the Flowers, Los Angeles (fabrication, puppeteer)

From May 21-24, 2009, I was a puppeteer, puppet fabricator, and kinegram designer for Janie Geiser’s peepshow/diorama performance, Reptile Under the Flowers.  Automata and the Museum of Jurassic Technology co-presented 45 performances of Reptile Under the Flowers for small groups over the course of 4 days at the The Foshay Masonic Lodge in Culver City, Los Angeles.

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Growing Up Linda, Guilford Art Center

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In March and April 2006 I exhibited an installation of puppets, props, set pieces, and video from Growing Up Linda – Birthday Trauma at the Guildford Art Center.

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