Virtual Studio Visit: Melissa Stern
September 3, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join Pelham Art Center for a virtual studio visit with Melissa Stern, exhibiting artist in Domestic Brutes.
Melissa Stern is an artist and journalist living in NYC.
Melissa has worked in sculpture, photography and drawing for over twenty years, exhibiting throughout the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia. She has made a multi-media installation exhibition, The Talking Cure, that has been traveling to museums around the States. since 2012. Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections including News Corporation, JP Morgan, The Arkansas Art Center, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Racine Art Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.
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.”