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.
On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20, featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. COLA 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)”
On Sunday, May 15th, 2016, the C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships Exhibition opened at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, located at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles. I was one of the 11 artists featured in the exhibition with my installation, (In)/Animate Objects.
In 2015, I was the recipient of a Project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to support Object of Her Affection.
Object of Her Affection is an unconventional love story centered on a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects and her search for love that is just beyond her reach. As a visual narrative about flesh and blood human beings developing relationships with things, Object of Her Affection explores the duality of objects as (in)/animate: animate and sentient through the eyes of the protagonist, Andrea, while the same objects appear inanimate to most. Creator, Marsian De Lellis will perform Object Of Her Affection under the direction of Michele Spears, with theatrical elements that stretch definitions of puppetry, and subject matter that complicates the categorization of sexual identity.
You can read about the 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Recipients here.
On December 30th, 2014, an entry on Object of Her Affection was published in Big Art Group’s 2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac, edited by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson. Object of Her Affection is a solo puppetry and object performance art piece centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.
On August 11th, 2013, Automata hosted a private reading of my script, Object of Her Affection, for invited guests. Object of Her Affection is centered on a woman, who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.
On April 27th, 2011, I appeared in “What is the Transmodern Festival?”, an article by Cara Ober for her article on the Transmodern Festival, where I was performing Fudgie’s Death. Continue reading “New Urbanite, Baltimore (interview)”
In Friday, April 1st, 2011, I presented my artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life at the University of Connecticut in Storrs for the Puppetry and Postdramatic Performance Conference.
On March 12th, 2011, The Calgary Herald published an interview that described my work as “light years away from the child-oriented Muppets universe that Jim Henson introduced.” While at the International Animated Objects Festival, I performed Fudgie’s Death, presented an artist-talk, Object/Fetish, and introduced a Handmade Puppet Dreams screening.
On November 18th, 2010, I was a guest teacher for Susan Simpson’s History of American Puppet Theater course at CalArts through the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts. For this class which included a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, I presented my multi-media artist-talk, Object/Fetish: Staging the Suspension of Disbelief in Every Day Life.