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.
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