Fun-a-day was really turning out to not be so much fun. I had decided to present my photographs not as a diptych, or the half a dozen other ideas I had come up with. I decided (perhaps foolishly) to make a book. Any other time, I could whip out a hand bound book like nobody’s business in a few days. A single signature book of any sort should be something I could do in my sleep, yet I managed to fuck up every one I’ve attempted – three to be exact. I guess the fourth time is the charm. I managed to put one together… now all I have to do is put the images in, in an interesting way.
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