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Melissa Stern
updated: 08/01/2014
website: www.melissa-stern.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Trinity
Winner
School Lunch
Perfect Marriage
Wolf/Girl
Too Much
Myopic
Aphasia
Family
Dancer/Wolf
Lifeboat
Battle for Stalingrad
Buddies
Begining, Middle, End
Paperback Writer
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, narrative, childhood, collage, domestic, figurative, identity, humor, social criticism, psychological
 
 
Trinity by Melissa Stern
Trinity
oil paint, ink, pastel, collage
2012
23 " x  17.75 " 
Winner by Melissa Stern
Winner
graphite, encaustic, pastel, collage
2007
16.5" x  16.5" 
School Lunch by Melissa Stern
School Lunch
collage, pencil on paper
2002
30" x  20" 
Perfect Marriage by Melissa Stern
Perfect Marriage
oil, acrylic, ink
2009
24" x  21" 
Wolf/Girl by Melissa Stern
Wolf/Girl
oil paint, graphite, oil stick
2012
42" x  34.5" 
Too Much by Melissa Stern
Too Much
collage, ink, graphite
2007
22.5" x  22" 
Myopic by Melissa Stern
Myopic
oil paint, oil stick
2012
18.5" x  18" 
Aphasia by Melissa Stern
Aphasia
oil paint, oil stick
2012
18" x  18" 
Family by Melissa Stern
Family
oil stick, pastel, graphite
2011
26 " x  43 " 
Dancer/Wolf by Melissa Stern
Dancer/Wolf
oil paint, pastel, crayon
2012
15.5" x  12" 
Lifeboat by Melissa Stern
Lifeboat
collage, ink
2008
16 " x  12 " 
Battle for Stalingrad by Melissa Stern
Battle for Stalingrad
ink, collage
2010
16" x  11.5" 
Buddies by Melissa Stern
Buddies
ink, collage, pastel
2011
16" x  12" 
Begining, Middle, End by Melissa Stern
Begining, Middle, End
oil stick, graphite, collage
2014
12" x  72"  x 1" 
Paperback Writer by Melissa Stern
Paperback Writer
graphite, oil pastel, oil stick, encaustic, collage
2012
12" x  17"  x .5" 

Artist Statement
I work like a handyman cobbling together drawings and sculptures from elements found, borrowed, imagined and stolen. I use a wide range of materials from encaustic to clay, pastel to steel. The drawings and sculptures, often made in tandem, resonate between one another, the ideas in one reinforcing the themes of the other. All of my pieces share a thematic thread. Sexless and goofy my figures live in a dream world, cower in relationships or stand tall in the face of adversity. They are at once dark and funny, expressive of the absurd world around us. The work is rooted in childhood memory. These memories are both funny and scary, child-like but quite serious. We are shaped by childhood and these memories chase us throughout our lives. Each work is a fragment of a story rather than its full text. I never "write" the endings; each viewer completes the script, bringing their own history, memories and feelings to finish the piece. Melissa Stern 2006

Artist Bio / CV

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 THE TALKING CURE-Smart Clothes Gallery, NY 2011 NEW MATH-DRAWINGS-Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA LIFE DURING WARTIME-HEADS- Barbara Archer Atl, GA 2009 STEP RIGHT UP–Bahdeebahdu, Phila PA LOOSE LIPS- Drawing exhibition, Milsaps College, Jackson, MS 2008 A COMMON SPACE, Barbara Archer Atl GA 2006 LOOSE LIPS –Wesleyan Univ, Middletown, CT BIRDLAND, David Lusk, Memphis TN 2003 VACATION, Spike Gallery, NY MY FRIENDS, David Lusk, Memphis TN 2002 BACK TO SCHOOL, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, NY 2001 THIRD GRADE, John Elder, NY SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2010 PARADISO CONTRAPASTO – Observatory, BK, NY 2009 THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT-Traveling exhibition / THE INNER CHILD-The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon, NJ 2005 3RD WORLD CERAMICS BIENNALE 2005, Ceramics, Icheon, Korea 2004 PULP FICTION, bahdubahdee, Phila PA 2003 INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA 1995 NEW YORK CLAY-Traveling exhibition, Stavanger, Norway PUBLICATIONS ARTnews-review-The Talking Cure Jan 2013 THE TALKING CURE- catalogue exhibition 2012 ART FOR THE EYES AND EARS: "THE TALKING CURE", NEW YORK, DuJour.com, Dec 2012, NEW YORK ARTS-Nostalgic Confessions- Drawing Feb 2009, AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 26–Best American Illustrations of 2007, TRANS-CERAMIC-ART –The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Icheon Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea 2005 BACK TO SCHOOL-catalogue Pub by Children's Museum of the Arts NY 2003 RESIDENCIES 2011-ARTIST RESIDENCY, Washington School of Glass, Wash DC 2007-ARTIST RESIDENCY, The Institute, Serenbe GA SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Library of Congress- Rare Books and Special Collections Museum of Art and Design, NY Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea J.P. Morgan, NY Dow Jones & Co, NY Davison Collection, Wesleyan Univ, Middletown CT Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock AK Stavenger Museum, Stavenger Norway Kohler Co Collection, Sheboygan, WI. EDUCATION1980 BA Anthropology/Studio Art Cum Laude, Honors in Anthropology Wesleyan Univ, Middletown CT