This image comes out of my frustrations with not dating. See, being frustrated with dating would imply there were dates to be had…and I’m sure somewhere someone is having them. Just not me. It’s as if we (us single folks) are all just a number waiting to be chosen. Whether that be in real life or online dating. Online dating feels like an endless stream of photos and words that hope to grab someone’s undivided attention. And there are so many things to pay attention to: there’s the hot butch girl in an open relationship, or that girl with her boobs hanging out in her profile selfie,etc,etc. These could also be those women that are cool to talk to you…
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