For Christmas my parents gave me a Marilyn Monroe calender (amongst other things). I’ve only seen one movie that she’s been in “Some Like it Hot.” She was beautiful and stylish (or had a fantastic stylist). Looking at the pictures in the calender also made me think of people that I know that lived in that era… like my grandmothers who looked like Hollywood starlets in many old family photos. I think my first impression of that era was that everyone was just walking around in fabulous clothes, looking like they just stepped off a movie set (I know that’s not true).
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