Majors: Studio Art / English Creative Writing and Literature
School: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: Between Scylla and Charybdis: A Visual Study of Hydrofracking
The drilling process in Pennsylvania and the debate over allowing hydraulic fracturing in New York is fundamentally changing lives. The presence of drilling, as well as its absence, has affected the lifestyles of people on individual levels in each state. I am proposing the use of environmental portraiture to capture the stories and opinions of individuals directly impacted by hydrofracking. Most specifically, I will focus on Williamsport, PA, and the regions around it in comparison to areas that may be facing fracking. I am most interested in exploring the changes implemented from the viewpoint of local home and business owners as well as individuals working within the industry. This is a topic I feel deserves to be visually documented and shared through a public gallery showing.
Marcella’s faculty mentor is Costa Sakellariou, adjunct lecturer of photography in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.
Where is your hometown?
I’m from Williamsport, Pa.
Why do you think creative work is important?
Creative activity to me is what it means to live happily and breathe freely. Art is life. The product of creating is also a brilliant form of communication where words or language are not always necessary. To be able to pass on knowledge, wisdom or feelings to an audience is something I greatly value and strive toward.
What are your future plans?
I hope to pursue a career in photography. Grad school for photography is also something I am currently looking into.
Do you have any hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include photography, nature walking, sculpting, reading, writing, sewing, dancing ballet, listening to music and occasionally playing clarinet.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I have a part time job as Snow White at a play place in my hometown, and I have danced ballet since age 4.
Last Updated: 5/12/14