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Minor Depression (puppet)

Minor Depression, marionette from "BATS!" 2018

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"nine days," kiln formed and cold worked glass, 2012

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About Ursula

Originally trained as a designer for both theatre and museum exhibitions, Ursula Marcum has long been fascinated with the human desire to collect, classify and tell stories with objects. In 2009 she was invited to be a participant in the Pilchuck Glass School's Professional Artists in Residence program led by Steve Klein and Richard Parrish. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Creative Baltimore Grant Fund in 2010. In July of 2012 she was honored to be a part of a residency at North... more

"BATS!"

Written and performed by artist Michele Minnick, "BATS!" was a mixed media, interactive contemplation on the nature of fear and madness. With a high level of audience engagement and participation, the story unfolded with the use of text, live accordion music, projections, soundscapes, and puppetry in the Marquee Lounge at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore in 2018. As a part of the Production Team, I served as Puppet Fabricator and Puppeteer, as well as Props Manager and Set Dresser. The show was produced by Submersive Productions, where I serve as Co-Artistic Director along with my husband, Glenn Ricci.

  • Minor Depression (puppet)

    Minor Depression, marionette "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Genny (puppet)

    Genny, rod puppet "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Genny and the Audience

    Genny, pictured with performer Michele Minnick and puppeteer Caitlin Bouxsein "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Audience at "BATS!"

    Performer Michele Minnick engages with the audience. "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Audience at "BATS!"

    Audience participates in one of the final moments of the show. "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • The Bar

    Scenic Detail "BATS!" (photo by Glenn Ricci)

"H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum"

"H. T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere" was a four story immersive adventure that activated The Peale Center in downtown Baltimore - the first purpose built museum in the United States - consisting of two full award-winning runs, one in the spring and one in the fall of 2017. The "Musaeum" was filled with a number of "specimens" from a distant planet, brought back by intrepid explorer H.T. Darling.

During the performance, multiple narratives were happening in the building simultaneously, and the audience was invited to inhabit the world with the performers and choose their own path. Over twenty performers and artists devised and collaborated to create this project. I fabricated several of the puppet specimens and was part of the team of puppeteers during both runs. I also served as the Props Master, Set Dresser and Co-Producer for the show. The show was produced by Submersive Productions, where I serve as Co-Artistic Director along with my husband, Glenn Ricci.

  • Bearsnake (puppet)

    The Bearsnake, a hand puppet shown with performer Trustina Fafa Sabah. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Bearsnake (puppet)

    The Bearsnake "living specimen" interacts with performer Trustina Fafa Sabah and audience members. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Cave Urchin (puppet)

    The Cave Urchin hand puppet H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Toothy Creature (puppet)

    The Toothy Creature hand puppet H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Fuzzy Slug (puppet)

    The Fuzzy Slug rod puppet H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • Moss Hedgehog (puppet)

    The Moss Hedgehog hand puppet, shown with puppeteer Jessica Rassp and performer Alex Vernon. Made in collaboration with artist and performer Lisi Stoessel. H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum (photo by Glenn Ricci)
  • The Grand Hall

    Found on the second floor of H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum, the Grand Hall featured many "living specimens" and objects from the planet New Galapagos.
  • The Net Room

    The Net Room belonged to the character of Maxilla (played by Trustina Fafa Sabah, pictured here with audience).

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"

Co-produced with my husband, Glenn Ricci, "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe" was an immersive theater experience based on the life and characters of Poe, staged in the Enoch Pratt House in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. A collaborative, multi-disciplinary work that incorporated performance, soundscapes and art installation, thirty artists devised and created "a world both bizarre and beautiful" for two separate runs in the Spring and Fall of 2015. As Prop Designer/Fabricator and Set Dresser I created objects and installations to be encountered and discovered by audience members during their visit.

  • Hanging Letters

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Sarah Contemplates

    Performers Shannon Graham and David Brasington inhabit the world of "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Violin

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Ring for Service

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Stereoscopic Evidence

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • This It Is

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Eyes

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Decanter/Glasses Bound

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Brambles

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"
  • Bird Cages

    Installation/Set Dressing element from "The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"

"Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings, and Collisions"

"Unfriendly Skies: Birds, Buildings and Collisions" was a group exhibition curated by Baltimore artist Lynne Parks. It was first mounted at the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College in the spring of 2015, then expanded and remounted at the School of Art at George Mason University in the fall of 2015. These three pieces grapple with the horrible loss of birds to building strikes, light pollution and other man-made issues.

"breath" series

The human acts of collecting, capturing and cataloging the material of the world are central themes in my work. But what about the things that we gather that have no physical manifestation? Inspired by the act of meditation, the "breath" series seeks to illustrate the elusive quality of every in-and-out breath, and the difficulty that lies in harnessing our attention back to that simple act.

  • growth, 2013

    kilnformed and coldworked glass with precious metal inclusions 4.75" x 8" x .5"
  • woven, 2013

    kilnformed and coldworked glass with precious metal inclusions 4.25" x 8.5" x .5"
  • one, 2013

    kilnformed and coldworked glass, precious metal inclusions 3.5" x 5" x .5"
  • jagged, 2014

    kilnformed and coldworked glass, precious metal inclusions 4" x 13" x .5" assembled

the "Caithness" series

The pieces in this series are inspired by my residency in Scotland in July of 2012. The landscape there retains evidence of the hands that have shaped it for centuries, and there is a continuing dialogue between the natural materials native to the place and the humans that have gathered those materials and put them to use.

"bird:wing" series, part two

Birds have appeared in mythology and literature as messengers, omens, wise beings and fragile connections to the heavens. Scientists collect the physical manifestations of birds, but others collect the sightings of these creatures. This series is inspired by birds both real and imagined, and the human pursuit of both.

"bird:wing" series

Birds have appeared in mythology and literature as messengers, omens, wise beings and fragile connections to the heavens. Scientists collect the physical manifestations of birds, but others collect the sightings of these creatures. This on-going series is inspired by birds both real and imagined, and the human pursuit of both.

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