Today when I opened the sketch journal where all these piece are being kept until the fun-a-day event/exhibit, I stared at the white page. It didn’t seem like I was getting off to a good start. I sat drinking my cinnamon Starbucks coffee and stared some more. Then I happened to look across my studio, eh bedroom, and notice the box of hair dye sitting there on my bureau. Sometimes I find myself thinking about time and aging.. and covering up those pesky white hairs — white hair really stands out against dark brownish-red hair. One minute I was young with an old mind, and the next shit I’m not getting any younger! I try not to obsess and freak out about it, but sometimes it does hit me.
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