The Installation Nature of the Beast is comprised of stuffed dogs, distributed by Victoria Secret, that are reconstructed and combined with found objects to become surreal whimsical beasts – innocent toys tinged with a pinch of darkness.
Embellished with embroidery, an act identified with the feminine, they embody vulnerabilities about self-image, identity, gender, ethnicity and status.
Colella's reconstructed beasts convey vivid, comic, and even shocking messages. "Feeler," with a large, huggable, furry white body sprouting leaves, has no head. Instead, a big, round hole tunnels into its body. Is it turning itself inside out? Will it suck us up in the process? Either way, this cuddly critter has a dark side. – Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
The works are proud and extravagent, resonating with covert parts of human psychology. – Shana Dumont Garr
Grotesque but endearing. – Eric Delisle, Maud Morgan Arts Center