I stopped off at Savers today to pick up some ‘art supplies.’ I’m currently trying to figure out how to unbind a hardcover bound book so that my finished piece isn’t well over a 100 pages. I plan on rebinding it with less pages. I suppose I could do over a hundred collages (and charge more money for it when I sell it), but I think it might get boring since I was focusing on a main theme of masculinity. I’ve been thinking about making art from previously used things, so this is recycled piece number one. I almost bought some gold plates today but couldn’t decide what to put on them, art wise, and I didn’t want to cover up the gold.
Ducharme's work expresses memory, emotion, and identity. Like images from a journal, her artworks range from vague and surreal to powerful and clear. Ducharme's identity is her work and her work is her identity. The concept of gender roles and social roles—chosen or imposed—appear in her work. Fairytales and role models have shaped Ducharme; they have shaped her memories and emotions; they have shaped her art. Surrealism, Expressionism, graffiti, and pop culture have inspired her imagery. Even in its introspective spirit, her artwork grapples with these greater shaping forces.
Melanie Ducharme has been exhibiting her work since 2001. She is a visual artist and educator. She is a former member of Gallery X, a cooperative art gallery in New Bedford, MA, and was a contributor to the House of Icon Podcast. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design and letterform from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and her Masters in Art Education from Rhode Island College.
Currently, she lives in Rhode Island working as a visual artist and an art teacher.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org above image: Up Close • 2013