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CONTAINED / RE-WILDING

Contained/Re-Wilding (Installation: Kansas City Artists Coalition), 2024

Sizes Variable

Contained/Re-Wilding (Installation: Kansas City Artists Coalition), 2024

Sizes Variable

Contained/Re-Wilding (Installation: Kansas City Artists Coalition), 2024

Sizes Variable

Marissa Shell

Contained, 2023-2024 (ongoing)

12" x 12" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Insect Screen, Vinyl Sheeting, Dyed Polyester , Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

CONTAINED

Marissa Shell

Contained, 2023-2024 (ongoing)

12" x 12" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Screen, Dyed Cotton Quilt Batting, and Additional Mixed Media

Contained, 2023-2024 (ongoing)

8" x  8" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Sheeting, Dyed Cotton Quilt Batting, Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

Marissa Shell

Contained, 2023-2024 (ongoing)

8" x 8" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Sheeting, Dyed Cotton Quilt Batting, Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

Marissa Shell

Contained, 2023-2024 (ongoing)

8" x 8" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Insect Screen, Vinyl Sheeting, Dyed Polyester, Dyed Cotton, Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

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Contained, 2023 (ongoing)

12" x 12" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, and Dyed Cotton, Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

Marissa Shell

Contained, 2023 (ongoing)

8" x 8" x 3"

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Screen, Dyed Cotton and Additional Mixed Media

Marissa Shell

Contained/Re-Wilding (Installation: Johnson County Community College), 2023

Sizes Variable

Sandblasted Reclaimed Pine, Aluminum Mesh, Vinyl Insect Screen, Vinyl Sheeting, Dyed Polyester and Cotton Quilt Batting, Dyed Cheesecloth, Chain, Crystal Rhinestones, and Additional Mixed Media

These miniature environments are meant to appear as if they were ecosystems "contained” inside of a defined and controlled space. Each box is made from reclaimed wood that have been weathered and treated to emulate the processes and visual effects of decomposition and decay.  They are made up of a variety of materials such as fibers, metal, gems, and paper, and are made using methods such as burning, felting, and dyeing.

 

Created as a continuation from my body of work, Re-Wilding, they are inspired by the visual aesthetics of dilapidated, abandoned barns, silos, sheds, and other man-made edifices that we might see along rural highways and country roads. Overgrown with weeds and eroded by the elements, these dilapidated structures are a visual reminded of nature’s capabilities to reclaim what was once unaltered by humans. Their presence is the evidence of human existence and tells a story of a species that has completely transformed the contemporary landscape.

 

Each box contains rich textures that look like natural forms made from man-made materials. Synthetic products look seemingly organic, and organic materials are carefully constructed to create architectural interiors. The visual combination of forms that appear to have evolved over time made using industrialized products are seductive, and their opulence suggests an otherworldly biome. My dioramas are windows into these hypothetical worlds where biomatter may or may not be organic and are a physical speculation of what one might find in a futuristic planet.

RE-WILDING

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Re-Wilding, 2023 (ongoing)


Each Panel, 10” x 10”

Installation Sizes Variable

Reclaimed Quilted Panels, Appliquéd Fiberglass Mesh, Dyed Cheesecloth and Cotton Fabrics, Heat and Bond Adhesive, Thread, and additional Mixed Media

Marissa Shell

Contained/Re-Wilding (Installation: Johnson County Community College), 2023

Sizes Variable

Reclaimed Quilted Panels, Appliquéd Fiberglass Mesh, Dyed Cheesecloth and Cotton Fabric, Heat and Bond Adhesive, Felt, High Gloss Vinyl, Thread, Invisible Thread, Chain, Paper, Laser Cut Vinyl and additional Mixed Media

Inspired by human structures overgrown with vegetation, these embroideries investigate how the elements and nature inevitably undo human efforts to control our environment. The disparity created by the combination of soft organic threads and hard-edge industrial materials, the deteriorated and distressed nature of the substrates achieved through staining, burning, and unraveling, and recognizable patterns used for building, sewing, and other decorative purposes, embody the cycle of anthropological activity and the process of natural decomposition. The meticulous and steady process of building up layers and textures stitch by stitch and their ongoing growth alludes to the slow but gradual and perpetual decay facilitated by the elements and the wilderness that inevitably contradict human inclinations to want to fix, build and construct

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