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.
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