Monday, April 29, 2013

New site! New blog!

It is with great excitement that I announce that you should please bookmark my NEW online portfolio/blog/home for exciting things over at Please do!

This blog will no longer be updated; please find and follow its replacement HERE.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Love Letters :: Messages Received -- opening 3/2

Love Letters :: Messages Received, a new body of work by Marissa Falco, is on display at the Washington Street Art Center from March 2–30, 2013. In this exhibit, Falco uses fabric and thread to craft three-dimensional, functional objects that are both highly relatable and intimately personal. Love’s many messages from the world around us are hidden in hand-constructed garments, while a handmade quilt features text from Falco’s extensive cache of analog correspondence. These objects explore communication within relationships of all kinds, and the types of messages directly received versus the messages one chooses to take in from the world at large.

Falco’s Love Letters :: Messages Received presents a vintage aesthetic of hand-tailored clothes and letters sent through the mail interwoven with undeniably modern elements of pop music, humor, and sexuality.

Opening reception for Love Letters :: Messages Received will be held Saturday March 2nd, 7–10PM, and will be on view to the public 12–4 on Saturdays in March at the Washington Street Art Center.

Recipient of a 2013 multidisipline artist fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council and the Mass Cultural Council, Falco will be creating, presenting, teaching, and writing throughout 2013. View more work from Marissa Falco at


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sweet Dreams + How to Be A Lady :: new zines

This is a joint project I worked on with Carolee Superdilettante last summer. At an early age, music videos gave us ideas about how the world worked and how we might come to be adults. Each of these zines is about how certain music videos from the 80s and early 90s shaped this concept in our minds. These zines are text-heavy with very detailed cut and paste layouts/illustrations. Behold! If you like memoir-perzines about gender and pop culture this is right up your alley.

If that were not enough, the zines will arrive packaged in a handmade gold paper folder hand-decorated with notebook graffiti representative of the era. What sort of graffiti? Look into your past, my friends. You know what you drew on YOUR notebooks. It's good stuff.

More about the zines here.

Monday, January 14, 2013

When Somerville Hugs You Back

This is my second time living in Somerville. The first time was in 2001, when I graduated from college, started working full-time, and after a sleepless summer realized that I needed to be out of the student neighborhood in Allston. So I looked on Craigslist and found a room in a big house in Teele Square, just around the corner from a good friend, and lived there for two years with a revolving cast of roommates. At that time, zines were the main creative force in my life, and purely by chance I was recruited by a fellow zine-maker to take part in the very first Bazaar Bizarre craft fair at the VFW in Davis Square. This was the beginning of something, but at the time I didn't know that.

My second Somerville residence began in mid-2009, when a friend living there let me know that the apartment below her was vacant, and should I be interested in living there, we could drink tea and work on art projects all the time. You know, in case that appealed. It did. Although part of a fantastic living arrangement north of the city, I'd been getting weary of being so far from "the action" or whatever, and found myself hoping to live somewhere with more community and more art and more places to hang out. So I moved back, and for the first time I lived alone, and even though I was doing a decent job of making it work, I was really REALLY scared of messing everything up for a solid six months or so. But eventually I got a couch, and I made a budget, and I started working on a lot of projects, and over three years later I'd say that it's been going better than well. I've met some interesting people, worked on lots of artwork alone and with friends, I've drawn several posters for Bazaar Bizarre, and I joined the community of artists at WSAC, or The Art Center, as I usually call it.

All of which is to say that Somerville and I have been getting along quite well, creatively. It is a good place and it is good that I am here.

What was good got even better last week, when I found out that I've been awarded a fellowship grant from the Somerville Arts Council this year. Yes! This is based on the work I've done so far, and will essentially be an investment in the work I'm going to do this year, which is very exciting. It is an honor, and all the more special as it means I'm representing/being recognized by a place that I am quite fond of. I want to make lots of great things this year, and make Somerville proud. And I want you to come see these things, and experience this place that means so much to me.