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
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From Providence to Provincetown: Contemporary Women Artists.
April 15th to May 3rd.
Opening reception is Saturday, April 18 at 7:00pm.
Gallery X presents, From Providence to Provincetown: Contemporary Women Artists.
About 40 women artists from a coastal span between Providence and Provincetown will exhibit paintings,photographs, prints, fiber and sculpture in the main gallery at Gallery X, New Bedford from April 15 to May 3. Opening reception is Saturday, April 18 at 7:00pm.
Sex @ the X: III
At Gallery X
169 William St. New Bedford, MA
Curators: Melanie Ducharme & Liz LaValley
Why would anyone feel uncomfortable or upset over the idea of consenting adults having sex or expressing their sexuality, in 2012? It’s taboo, yet human and natural. What is it about sex and sexuality that can make some people uncomfortable? Is it a link from sex and sexuality to pornography, kink, queer sex and people giving in to overwhelming carnal lust? We live in a digital age of accessible sex: anyone can go online and find sex and various expressions of one’s sexuality either through words, video, and images; we can log on to social media or online dating sites and find photos the average person would never pose for. Images of sex and sexuality are present in media as well on as online. With all this, sex should be passé, but it’s not. It still inspires arousal, revulsion, anger, love, politics.
An artist uses the image, and life as a catalyst for their creations. For an artist who works with the erotic, this is a reflection of life: they may be condemning it, condoning it, or simply posing a question for the viewer to decide. However, erotic art is more than just a nude figure. Nudity alone is not necessarily “erotic” and does not necessarily mean the work is expressing the artist’s view of sex and sexuality. Is the artist’s intent, content and context of the work, meant to be erotic? Is it the viewer’s response? How can an artist create the erotic when the erotic is so complex, subjective, and divergent?
With these thoughts in mind, Gallery X asks you to create and submit your erotic works into Sex @ the X:III.
Exhibition Dates: September 5-30th
Open to all artists, submissions are $10 per piece with a limit of 3 pieces per artist. Work must be exhibition ready; 2D ready to hang.
Drop off: Wed-Fri August, 22-24,11am-5pm; Sat/Sun: August 25-26,11am-3pm
Opening Reception: September 8, 7-10pm
URI Feinstein Providence Campus
State of the Arts in Rhode Island
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21 5-9pm
Do Ask, Do Tell: Q @ X IV
June 6 – July 1
With the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy allowing lesbian and gay service members to serve openly in the military and same-sex marriage continuing to be hot political topics nation-wide, now more than ever, it’s important to make the visions, experiences and opinions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning artists & their straight allies known in the community.
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9, 7–10pm
“1,2,3…1,2,3 i don’t care//i don’t care//i don’t care//I wanted you to know I didn’t care…” Drive by Throwing Muses
On a positive note, I started a new painting. And while I won’t be able to enter this one or any for that matter into the RI PRIDE art show like I had hoped because I can’t swing the $20 entry fee … there is always Q@X at Gallery X… and the sheer hope of someone actually liking my work and letting me exhibit my work minus the $20-60 entry fee. Feel free to start banging down my door at any time in the near future.
I took these fall inspired shots earlier today.
Speaking of shots, I discovered that one of my previous blogs, Hipster Cocktail, keeps showing up in my blog status as something people have googled. Allegedly people keep googling this because there are dozens upon dozens of hipster cocktail related blogs – who knew?! My post is the second one to show up in the results — hey thanks for looking! Sorry I can’t offer you a recipe for booze only a crazy picture that happens to be in the Gallery X raffle. So if you love it and can’t live without it, it’s in the Raffle, you should enter to win it!