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I was living in New Mexico when a fortuitous requirement of printmaking coursework for my graduate program in art therapy led me to expression in another medium. Since that time I have been exploring printmaking and creating soft ethereal-like inspirational images. The circle or circular movement can often be seen in my artwork. The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning--a continuous symbol that has no beginning and no end. Throughout my life I have created circles, benefiting from the sense of comfort, peace, and total integration.

How I feel when I am making art is perfectly described in what Don Miguel Ruiz says: "When you are in your creation and you are doing what you love to do, you become what you really are again. You are not thinking in that moment; you are expressing.” I love being in that space where I am not really thinking, I am expressing what I am feeling inside. One could say that I make art to please the eye and touch the soul.

Melanie is an experimental media artist and printmaker with an affinity for color and texture. Her work embodies the historically iconic and metaphorically rich and expressive imagery of the horse. Her focus is not necessarily upon the physical aspect of individual breeds, but upon the unique and universal attributes of legendary equus and its dialog with the human spirit.
It is never easy to live a busy life and still have the time to create masterful works of art. Those who achieve this effort should get a medal or at least a giant chocolate donut every morning until life gets easier. This is my life in a donut box. I am ready for an artistic revolution! I am ready to put art on the top of my list and see my artworks come to life with a new vibrancy! Check-Mate! I'm there!
I have a fascination with nature and I love collecting seeds, bones, and oddities I find in the streets. These often inspire ideas along with images I dream. The evolution of those ideas through drawing and the solar intaglio printmaking process is challenging but exciting. Imagination plays a big part in the formation of images and I find it satisfying when it all comes together.

I view my work as a collaboration with nature. I make handmade paper with plant materials from my garden. My photographs are also mainly taken in my garden or on hikes. I am fascinated with symbols and intricate patterns that, to me, give glimpses and insights into to the great mysteries of life.

Several years ago, I took my first college-level photography class. I fully expected to learn only the basics and was surprised when I was confronted with this thing called Art. I caught the art-bug, and have been learning about and attempting to make it ever since. After taking several photography classes, I began to feel the need to manipulate my photography by cutting it up to form collage, drawing on it and incorporating text. I took a bookmaking class, which eventually led me to change my major to printmaking. Printmaking was ideal for me because it allowed me to work both digitally and hands-on. It was very liberating because it lends itself experimentation and invention. In many ways, Printmaking is mixed media because of the varied ways of working. Computer, drawing, painting, sculpting and photography skills all come in handy in printmaking. Printmaking is not a perfectionist�s art form, it�s messy, results are often unexpected and control does not come easy. Images are, however, reproducible allowing for another chance at getting it right. For these reasons, I feel that it is perfect art form for learning life skills.
Workshop Details
WHERE:
ACC: Rio Grande Campus
CONTACTS:
Chair: Angela Hayes
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Event Deadline
The deadline for this event (8/7/2008) has passed.
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