Stella Marrs is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses environmental issues and feminism. Her collaborative public projects seek to open new relationships and redefine public space. She has presented her work at California Institute of the Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MIT, University of Texas (Austin), Lesley University and The Evergreen State College. She received her MFA in Visual Studies at University at Buffalo.
SELECTED RECENT PROJECTS:
Shopping Cart Victory Gardens
A post capitalist experiment: repurposed shopping carts are mobile gardens creating a possibility of social space in their orbit. Knowledge about growing plants is reintroduced in our nomadic culture.
GirlCity.TV is an online platform for contemporary video portraits of and by women. The aim of the project is to create a specifically female space in which a genuine contemporary feminist content can emerge.
The site collects video clips of women narrating their memories of the Barbie doll. The stories, remembered and told to the camera, reveal alternative histories of girls and their Barbies. By aggregating the stories together, I create a typology that reveals young feminist strategies and spontaneous resistances to this over-sexualized model of a female archetype that is imposed onto girls. The stories cast into relief 2nd and 3rd wave feminist responses and the web-typological structure creates an inventory of who women are after negotiating Barbie for 50 years.
Scan Lines is a screening and exhibition of feminist video that inscribes public space from the standpoint of female interiority.
Curated by Stella Marrs and hosted by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) and Carnegie Art Center (North Tonawanda, NY).
April 9th - May 15th, 2010.