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.

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!

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Statement


What makes us human? My large-scale, acrylic works on wood panel and canvas explore the influences of psychological adaptation. I use dyed, preserved moss and acrylic to create paintings that combine both figuration and surrealism, exploring the space of severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. 

I often ask myself, “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. As humans, we have the ability to adapt to our environment anywhere from a few seconds for a reflex to a lifetime for developmental acclimatization or genetics.

Using the human figure as the catalyst for expression, my work draws on the themes of insecurity, abandonment, dependency, conflict aversion and fear of disappointing those we love most. I dissect and analyze the impact of deep psychosis by combining bold, fluid colors and the visual and genetic complexity of moss.