I had been asked by PopIcn to create work that adhered to the theme of “cocktails, coffee and cigarettes” for our November group show at the Douglas Gallery at Gallery X. Amongst other things, I came up with the brilliant idea of copying the Pabst Blue Ribbon logo onto a cutting board (no I wouldn’t recommend using said cutting board as a cutting board). Then, Pop went to rehab soooo the theme wasn’t really that great of an idea anymore. However, Gallery X is having this low brow art exhbit and I thought, well, this will be perfect. I’m calling it “hipster cocktail” I was going to charge and outrageous price for it in keeping with my hipster theme, but decided I actually wish to sell work and I’m hardly in a position to sell ridiculous art for outrageous prices.
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: email@example.com above image: Up Close • 2013