Statement & Bio

I make art through play, psychoanalysis, and discovery through the Dérive. I want the imagination to seize power, and for poetry and art to be made by all.

“a mode of experimental behavior linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.” Guy Debord
I create, edit, and repurpose my physical and 3 dimensional subconscious imagery/animations/film
to build expressionist video game landscapes of trauma
and offer a virtual reality pathway of recovery through it.

reviewboard photo by Austin Covell


Janella Mele is a Squid Situationist artist who washed up on Plum Island, Massachusetts in 1989. She makes giant, emotional monsters on anything surfaces using materials she was given by an art wizard/Octopus, building Virtual Reality worlds through Unity, and repacking her parasite paintings as a skin landscape in 3d animating and programing.

Janella transferred from Northern Essex Community College and studied how to art at Tufts/SMFA (BFA\(hopefully)2018), where she received the Melissa Beth Myers award in recognition of personal growth, while descending three flights of MFA stairs to Star Wars.

In her first solo exhibition Reclaimed Voice, Janella collaged a living installation out of Gallery 263, and morphed the space into a cocooned time-capsule with all the art made during her 2016-17 intensive trauma recovery process. She is currently expanding from that emotional dissection in making her first feature length 2D/3D animated experimental and Virtual Reality Installation film while transforming her house into a companioned year~long Interactive Gallery Spectacle with partner Daniel Scot.

Janella is the artist of Team EmotiVR ~ // a Virtual Reality Experience Through Your Subconscious //


~follow us down the rabbit portal @

Sat, 3/24 – HomeGrown Boston –> here.
Wed, 3/28 6-9 – ICA, Boston, RSVP HERE
Fri, 4/13 ~ SheDevil HelRaiser @ Warehouse
Thurs, 5/3 – Boston Art Week Technica @ CIC Boston

~Thank you for visiting~