I awake this morning to the DJ’s on HJY talking about how today is “national call in gay day” fuck, I totally forgot about it! And I can’t call in, well I could but I’d lose my job not for being gay but for calling in minus getting a replacement to work for me. This is a great concept for people who can afford to do so – I took one for the team a long time ago when I got fired for telling the assistant manager at a local restaurant that I wouldn’t go out with him because I preferred women. Also I prefer men who are not womanizers or who will go after anything with a vagina and breasts – I didn’t tell him that – but that is what he was. At the time that is how I felt, I wanted to be with a woman. Now, I want to be with someone who rocks my world… “I’m holding out for a spaceman…” to quote Belly.
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