I am in the process of putting together my teaching portfolio/exit portfolio. According to my adviser, we – us art educators – should avoid controversial artworks and nudes in our teaching portfolios because there is the off chance of offending one’s future boss or not future boss. Editing controversial and nude art out of my portfolio leaves me with a whole lot of nothing. So I sat down with full intentions of making some socially acceptable artwork… and made sketches for zombie ladies. This is socially acceptable amongst horror and comic book fans…
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