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.
Melanie Ducharme’s work is a response to the world around her. The themes she works with are gender, identity, sexuality, memory, popular culture and/or political issues. Her imagery frequently uses symbols that are traditionally associated with being female. In addition, many of her pieces use the human body, particularly the female body, as a symbol.
Ducharme’s work is as much about a theme as it is about an exploration of color. Her work uses vibrant, sometimes contrasting colors. Each piece is an exploration of how color affects the overall tone of the work.
Melanie Ducharme has been exhibiting her work since 2001. 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 as an art teacher.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org above image: Up Close • 2013