Jacinda Russell's "A Tale of Obsession & Nine Fake Cakes"
Gallery Exhibition

Jacinda Russell will exhibit "A Tale of Obsession and Nine Fake Cakes" at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery. The IDADA First Friday Opening Reception will be June 7th from 5-9pm. The Gallery will be open from 1-5pm, Monday through Friday, until June 28.

Image by Jacinda Russell
Image by Jacinda Russell


A Tale of Obsession explores Russell's interest in one man's fascination with the found image, his methods of archiving and organization and the perversity of his actions. Until recently, David C. Nolan's photographs of Marilyn Monroe were stored in a safety deposit box, acquired for $5 at an antique store in the 1980s.

For several years, members of Russell's family believed that Nolan was the photographer, but the true creators are Earl Theisen, Bert Riesfeld, and countless others who photographed films like The Seven Year Itch for publicity.

Russell digitally combined the front and back of Nolan's photographs and enlarged them two and half times the original size. Marilyn Monroe remains ghostly while the rigid text, spelling errors, and (DEAD) written years later in an unsteady hand dominate.

Russell was awarded a 2013 Indiana Arts Commission arts grant for this series.


Nine Fake Cakes & Nine Bodies of Water comments on beauty, escapism and desire. Floating styrofoam and acrylic-tinted caulk cakes in inviting bodies of water was a coping mechanism for loneliness and unhappiness with place. Russell was inspired by two of the most desirous objects in 20th century art: Wayne Thiebaud's thickly textured paintings of desserts, and Ed Ruscha's photographs of azure swimming pools. This body of work comments on the illusion of what is fake and what is real, what is happy and what is sad, and what is desirous but unattainable. Nine Fake Cakes was featured on Design Boom and The Best in Food-Art 2010 on the art:21 blog.

Born in Idaho, Russell received her BFA from Boise State University in Studio Art and her MFA from the University of Arizona. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.


Image by Jacinda Russell's Nine Fake Cakes...
Image by Jacinda Russell


WHAT: Jacinda Russell's "A Tale of Obsession & Nine Fake Cakes" Art Exhibition
WHERE: The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 E 10th Street, Indianapolis
WHEN: Opening reception Friday, June 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Exhibition open June 10 - 28, Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
COST: Free
ADDITIONAL INFO: (317) 503-6420 More of Russell's artwork can be viewed here: www.jacindarussell.com.