I’ve been hard at work —making art that is. It looks like I may outdo myself in 2010 for the amount of art work one woman can produce (last year I was averaging about a painting a month). Lately, I’ve been working a lot with paper, its cheap, because you can buy a whole notebook of watercolor paper. Also, you can work on more than one at a time since once the paper gets wet, you typically reach that point where you can’t work it anymore… you may as well do something with that extra paint on your palette, so reach for another sheet! I’m hoping to get some objects to make art with for more environmentally friendly, recycled art pieces.
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