Artist statement: Observing the hidden natural world grounds my work. I look for patterns, textures, and tiny stories in my surroundings, bringing them into my books, drawings, collages, paintings or sculptures. What looks like birds at battle, figurative trees or colorful collages are part of my own metaphorical and symbolic commentary on my place in the world. The life cycle of prey and preyed as a metaphor for human power games is at the heart of my current visual language and person symbology. I use robins and ravens to play out the struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed. I hope the viewer can find their own conflicted relationships, moments of feeling preyed upon or even a sense of redemption in this imagery.
Melanie Mowinski is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, MA.
In 2011 she founded PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project a hybrid gallery, teaching, studio spaced devoted to letterpress and book arts on Main Street, North Adams. Originally conceived as a summer project, due to its success it continues today. Her Bird/Body/Nest series evolved out of printing experiments made at PRESS. All of her work relates back to time spent out-of-doors and in the woods.
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