I finished this collage a week or so ago and forgot to post it. It’s part of my series on memory and desire. This one is called The Nice Girl and Desire. It sometimes feels as if being the nice girl is not synonymous with being desirable. Your either the hot girl or the nice girl, you can’t be both. I know I am seen as the nice girl. I’ve been told how nice I am, I’ve overheard how nice I am. However, being the nice girl also feels as if I am stripped of that part of me that is passionate and wishes to be desirable even if I do not fit into the preconceived idea of what a woman who has sexual desires might look like. It’s not as if I am going to change who I am, so that part of me is put aside and stifled (unless I am creating art or making something) while I remain single.
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