Melinda diSessa

Melinda diSessa

Melinda diSessa

MELINDA DISESSA, Printmaking
2016/17 Artist in Residence

My monoprints are experiments in which I apply inks to paper, synthetic sheets, and fabrics. Sometimes I use graphite, pastels, gouache, or acrylic paints to enhance a print. Rather than have a concept instigate a piece, I want to pay particular attention to the materials I am working with, listening to what comes to me by chance as well as what comes to me by choice. I am especially drawn to physical layers and so, for example, when I use translucent synthetic sheets, I often like to put other prints behind the surface print. When I am using fabrics, I love sheer fabrics like chiffon or tarlatan so that I can fold and layer them to achieve dimension and contrast. I frequently use processed photographic images in my prints. Sometimes the image becomes a key element in a print; sometimes it just functions to stimulate my eye and hands. It is important to me to do things differently, to try to be bold, personal, and inventive.


ABOUT MELINDA
Melinda was born in Brooklyn, NY and earned a PhD in philosophy from New York University. Making prints came later in life and so, she says, she is probably the oldest emerging artist at the Mendocino Art Center. Her works have been exhibited at the Mendocino Art Center, Pacific Art League, Triton Museum of Art, and Falkirk Cultural Center. In 2015 she had a solo show at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts.


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