Dee Marcellus Cole
In 2016, CCMA honored Dee Marcellus Cole (b. 1932) as Artist of the Year. Cole is a longtime Upland resident who has created a substantial body of original and innovative sculpture. She calls herself a “faux folk artist.” Cole was awarded an MA degree, from the Claremont Graduate School in 1984.
paper, metal and plaster-2016
Avatar is a nearly life-sized figure standing in contrapposto. The lamp and beaded shade was made by John Neiuber. Cole incorporated found objects such as the high-heel boots then built up the figure in plaster and in paper maché. The woman’s curving forms play against the verticality of the lamp pole.
Cole revels in strong and powerful color painted in unusual patterns. Her playful and inventive vision has produced a figure that is non-human, but ultimately non-threatening. Avatar is quite original and unforgettable.