SERIOUS BUSINESS

About the Artist

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Plastic Debit Card, 3 3⁄8 × 2 1⁄8", 2013.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Plastic Debit Card, 3⁄8 × 2 1⁄8", 2013.

Marcella Marsella (née Lauren Marsella), The Greatest Living Unknown American Artist™, is the one woman show behind Serious Business, her handmade art enterprise. Marsella identifies as a self-taught artist because all she did in art school was make questionable decisions when she should have been painting her color mixing chart and reading "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" for the umpteenth time. There was no “Glitter Puffy Paint 101” class at Tyler, and even if there were, she wouldn’t have shown up because she was walking around barefoot somewhere in Philadelphia high on morning glory. This squandered opportunity for university level scholarship compelled Marsella to teach herself everything she knows about art, especially what it is, how to look at it, and how to make it. She developed her own educational program acting as pupil and teacher in The School of Marsella. Field trips were made to prominent national and international art museums, concrete laden zoos, hidden slave burial grounds, Nicole Brown Simpson’s bungalow, as well as to Michael Jackson’s grave, The Neverland Ranch, and his childhood home in Gary, Indiana.

Upon graduation, she invested all her nude modeling money in a West Philly row home and got a great deal on a countrified mail-order husband whom she set to work installing The Serious Business Factory. Within its walls, Marsella creates prodigious works of art,  fashions never-before-seen handicrafts, and summons Michael Jackson’s ghost every full moon with a glow-in-the-dark Ouija board. Naturally, the work space shared by an upcycled crafting business and visual art making practice brought about a merging of the two artforms. Her credit card mosaics manifested themselves after years of these ideas living side by side.

Thus, her mission: To seek out new ideas and new creations and to boldly go where no artist has gone before.

Serious Business work is proudly conceived, produced, patented, copyrighted, trademarked & made in the Bottom, West Philadelphia. 

Shaking hands in solidarity with Patrick Rodgers, a man who successfully foreclosed on Wells Fargo and was later dubbed a "Difference Maker" by The Colbert Report.

Shaking hands in solidarity with Patrick Rodgers, a man who successfully foreclosed on Wells Fargo and was later dubbed a "Difference Maker" by The Colbert Report.