This piece was inspired by the very first Valentine I ever gave to someone. It was a boy that sat behind me in 1st grade. I gave him a pretty romantic Valentine at our 1st grade Valentines’ Day Party. It was a card with a lollipop that said “I love you.” I don’t recall what the card said. Sadly, this big romantic gesture did not work out so well for me. I am impressed with the moxie I had at that young age. I wish I still had that confidence to give crushes an “I Love You” Valentine. I think next time I have a crush, I’m going to summon that precocious, romantic, 6 year old girl inside me, who said, “Yes I’m going to give that special someone this Valentine and they going to love it and me!”
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