Who Am I ?


July 2011

1: Who am I?

Creator. Destroyer. Visionary. Dreamer – I am not.

I am performance artist, a director of high-concept erotica film, manager of a small production house called hausNY, and creative director of showroom/atelier False Gallery. For fun, I write a weekly column on Bushwick Daily and play with my gorgeous one-eyed cat, Matt.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

I am moving hausNY from it’s current location–much to the dismay of my collaborators and partners–to a smaller location, in order to amp up for a larger production space in 2012/2013, and to shoot more often on location, worldwide. My next two personal projects are performance and film collaborations with video & art director David Terranova and art director & designer Savannah Wyatt.

My next production project is tentatively titled “The Swan.” A short abstract erotica film based on my studies of human behavior, theories of Freud and Rousseau, which will explore the duplicity which occurs in sexuality when efforts are made to self-deprecate as punishment for commonplace failures to achieve unrealistic goals. I have tentative plans for it to help fund my feature-length, realistic rendition of “Black Swan,” bloody feet and cunnilingus, inclusive. Who wants in? (Support the cause on hausNY.com.)

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

From the USSR and equality through censorship–to the USSA, where one day I hope to fight on the battlefront of art and pornography, as I dance on the fine line between.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

John Waters.

5: What book is your bible?

Oak-Mot by Crispin Hellion Glover.

6: What are some things you love?  And some things you hate?

Love: Consensual Violence.

Hate: Violence without consent.

7: What is your raison d’être?

To visually induce a perpetual state of erotic lunacy.

8: What is your favorite color?


9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

The Doubtful Guest created by Edward Gorey.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Coney Island, rock-side, by night.

11: What turns you on?

Terror and tension.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

If you find yourself on a death-bed, many years from now, and think back on your life. What will be your greatest regret?

Lena Marquise was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She spent time studying in Boston, Massachusetts and Europe. She is currently a resident of Brooklyn, New York. In performing, she draws inspiration from the Tanztheater movement. Her performance art CV can be found on MademoiselleLena. Ms. Marquise is the Founder/Director of showroom, atelier False Gallery and production company hausNY, where you can find more information about her current media productions. You can read her weekly column on Bushwick Daily and check FalseAristocracy for a collective list of projects.


Lena Marquise’s Website

False Gallery


Bushwick Daily

False Aristocracy

Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Tyler Malone

Photography by Gillian Bowling

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Lena Marquise, 2011, New York, Photography by Gillian Bowling

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