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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

"The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe"- Set Dressing, Prop Design/Fabrication

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.

ruminaries

Inspired by the home altars found throughout Asia, these pieces were created to carve out a space for personal collections.

  • smiling Buddha, 2007

    kilnformed and cold-worked glass with precious metal inclusions with re-claimed maple stand
  • Buddha, 2007

    ilnformed and cold-worked glass with precious metal inclusions and re-claimed steel stand
  • leaves, 2007

    kilnformed and coldworked glass with precious metal inclusions and re-claimed maple stand

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