I wanted to be able to stop my busy, busy life and capture something – a moment in time. Or in this case, a photographic inventory of my material possessions. A photograph is a moment in time, even if it is documentation. Our material possessions are what is left of us when we die and that busy busy life of yours is no longer. I’m about living in the moment which I seem to be doing a terrible job at lately. This is my way of controlling that which I can not. This is my my fun-a-day project. I was also thinking of the Ilya Kabakov’s Boat of my Life & Audrey Flack’s Vanitas.
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