(In)/Animate Objects Opening, LAMAG (installation/performance)

 

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Marsian De Lellis, 2016, Los Angeles, Photo: William Short Photography

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.

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DCA 2016 COLA Fellowship (support)

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(In)/Animate Objects, 2016, Photo: Alex Griffin

On June 29th. 2015, I was awarded the 2015-2016 DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs) COLA (City of Los Angeles) Master Artist Fellowship. The funding supported my work on (In)/Animate Objects, a performative installation I created for the 2016 COLA Fellowship Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, I gave an artist-talk hosted by Allison de Fren, was interviewed by LA Times High School Insider, reviewed in Artillery Magazine and included in the COLA20 retrospective book and exhibition.
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2015 Jim Henson Foundation Grant (support)

In 2015, I was the recipient of a Project Grant from the Jim Henson Foundation to support Object of Her Affection.

Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez
Marsian De Lellis, Object of Her Affection, Photo: Rafael Hernandez

          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.

The Jim Henson Foundation
The Jim Henson Foundation

Contemporary Performance Almanac 2015 (book)

2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac
2015 Contemporary Performance Almanac

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.

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Anna Sosenko Trust (support)

2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo
2014, Photo: Rafael Hernandez + Anna Sosenko Assist Trust logo

On June 3rd, 2014, I was awarded funding from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust for the Los Angeles workshops of Object of Her Affection at Automata and at REDCAT for the New Original Works Festival.  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.  The funds from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust went towards developing the sound design and music.

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2014 Henson Foundation Seed Grant (support)

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L: Jim Henson Foundation Logo, R: 2013, Marsian De Lellis

On December 16th, 2013, I was awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant for Object of Her Affection.  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.

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Object of Her Affection – Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, Fullerton (performance)

©2013, Marsian De Lellis
©2013, Marsian De Lellis

On October 17, 2013 I performed Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA. Object of Her Affection, a solo puppetry performance, is an unconventional love story about a woman who in her search for true love develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects

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Object of Her Affection, Automata LA (full reading)

Marsian De Lellis, 2013, Photo: Gina Marie Napolitan
Marsian De Lellis, 2013, Photo: Gina Marie Napolitan

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.

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Object of Her Affection – Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, Automata, LA (reading)

Strauss, 2013, ©Marsian De Lellis
Strauss, 2013, ©Marsian De Lellis

On Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st, 2012,  I presented a reading of Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, an excerpt from Object of Her Affection at Automata in Los Angeles. In Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust, a woman who desires intimate relationships with inanimate objects discovers that the bridge she has come to love has been cheating on her.

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