She has worked in sculpture, photography and drawing for over 30 years, exhibiting throughout the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia. Starting in 2012 her multi-media installation exhibition, The Talking Cure, has traveled to museums around the States, and will open at The Fuller Museum of Art in 20121 Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections in the US.
With a background in anthropology, Melissa’s work reflects both non-Western and outsider-art influences. Her drawings, collages, and figurative sculptures are richly drawn and deeply layered, with quirky, often dark humor.
“I work like a handyman cobbling together drawings and sculptures from elements found, borrowed, and imagined. I use a wide range of materials from encaustic to clay, pastel to steel. The drawings and sculptures, often made in tandem, resonate with one another, the ideas in one reinforcing the themes of the other. All of my pieces share a thematic thread. Childlike and goofy my figures live in a dream world, cower in relationships or stand tall in the face of adversity. They are at once dark and funny, expressive of the absurd world around them.”
1976-1980 BA Anthropology and Studio Art, Cum Laude with Honors in Anthropology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1982-1984 MFA Ceramics, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
2021 STRONGER THAN DIRT- Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY
2020 DOES SHE OR DOESN’T SHE?- Firecat Projects. Chicago, Ill.
2018 STRANGE GIRLS – Garvey Simon, NY, NY
THE TALKING CURE - Kranzberg Center for Contemporary Art.
2017 YOU’RE SOAKING IN IT - Station Independent Projects, NY, NY
2016 THE TALKING CURE - The Weisman Art Museum. Minn. MN
LOOSE LIPS - The Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
THE TALKING CURE - Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2015 THE TALKING CURE - Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
2014 THE TALKING CURE - Akron Museum of Art, Akron Ohio.
2012 THE TALKING CURE - Smart Clothes Gallery, NY, NY (catalogue)
2011 NEW MATH- DRAWINGS - Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA
LIFE DURING WARTIME – HEADS - Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
NEW SCULPTURE - SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, Canada
2009 STEP RIGHT UP - bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Longmen Art Projects , Shanghai
Malin Gallery , NYC
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I made two postcards for this project, each using found vintage print materials and drawing. I think that each reflects feelings that someone might have with a diagnosis of a disease like Hep. C. They also, for me, reflect the feelings that we all have felt during the covid pandemic
PLEASE DO NOT BID ON ARTWORK IN OUR ART ON A POSTCARD AUCTIONS IF YOU INTEND ON SELLING THE ARTWORK AFTER YOU HAVE PURCHASED IT. THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR CHARITY AND ALL ARTWORKS HAVE BEEN GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THE ARTISTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE HEPATITIS C TRUST. WHEN THE WORK PRODUCED FOR THE CHARITY IS SOLD ON THE SECONDARY MARKET IT DAMAGES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARTIST AND PREVENTS US FROM FUNDRAISING.