About the Artist

Marcella was born in Stamford, CT to Italian immigrant parents in 1987. She began her formal training in 2003 at Lyme Academy of Fine Art where she studied Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Abnormal Psychology, Marcella began mixing her love for art with a passionate interest in the intricacies of human psychosis. Her large-scale acrylic paintings deal with the relationship between humans and their ability to adapt psychologically to our environments. Today, Marcella lives in Austin, TX with her half pug, half shih tzu puppy, Baxter, and her partner in crime, Daniel Adams.


About the Work

Marcella uses dyed, preserved moss and acrylic to create paintings that combine both figuration and surrealism, exploring the space of severe mental disorders and the cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. She often asks herself, “How does one lose touch with reality and why?” During a period of psychosis, a person’s thoughts and perceptions are disturbed and the individual may have difficulty understanding what is real and what is not.

Using the human figure as the catalyst for expression, Marcella dissects and analyzes the impact of deep psychosis by combining bold, fluid colors and the visual and genetic complexity of moss. 

Marcella’s studio is located in Bee Cave, Texas in the Contracommon collective space. Keep an eye out for upcoming exhibitions and open studio days!

University of Connecticut, Bachelors of Science | 2005 - 2009.
Lyme Academy of Fine Art, Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing | 2003 - 2005.

Artist Residency
Contracommon Organization, Bee Cave, TX | 2018 - present.

Group Exhibitions
2019, Primer, Contracommon Gallery, Bee Cave, TX
2019, Raw Artists: Reflect, Emo’s, Austin, TX
2012, Spectrum, Carriage Barns Art Center, New Canaan, CT

Upcoming Group Exhibitions
2019, Heatwave, Contracommon Gallery, Bee Cave, TX

Upcoming Solo Exhibitions
2019, Irreversible Psychosis, Contracommon Gallery, Bee Cave, TX

Austin Visual Arts Association, Joined 2019.
Creative Arts Society, Joined 2019.