scars as worlds,
with proud skin tissue,
My Art Grew Teeth
Janella Mele is an installation Squid 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, building Virtual Reality worlds through Unity, and repacking her parasite paintings as a skin landscape in 3d animating and programing. She is devoted to help survivors of trauma regain their power through art and in sharing her story of how making art everyday has supported her own healing process.
Janella transferred from Northern Essex Community College and studied how to art at Tufts/SMFA (BFA 2018), where she received the Melissa Beth Myers award in recognition of academic excellence, personal growth, and the ability to achieve this success while overcoming educational and personal obstacles.
In her first solo exhibition Reclaimed Voice, Janella built a living installation out of a 9-month period of intense studio investigations by confronting, accepting and working with personal challenges and feelings through making something everyday. She is currently expanding from that emotional dissection in making her first animated film, and transforming her house into a year long interactive installation gallery with partner Daniel Scot. Janella is additionally working with artist comrade David M, in creating new sensory technology that invites our community to interact and become the art by using their presence.
She runs an artist collective and small artist residency in New England. Interested in learning more? Feel free to email~ CentepedeJenna@gmail.com
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