My work as a contemporary print maker is multi-disciplinary. Recent projects have taken the form of over sized woodcuts, stencil paintings, collages made from discarded scratch-off tickets, original card games and lecture performances. The common thread is a preoccupation with what is ubiquitous. The images place vernacular styles and symbols into imaginary settings.
In 2008 -2009 I completed a series of woodcuts that were printed using a construction steamroller. Each of the woodcuts is an extreme enlargement of a familiar, hand held, paper object: U.S. currency, a paper fortune-teller and a hexahexaflexagon. The large scale accentuates the embedded geometry.
In early 2008, I started a series of lecture performances called, “How To Win The Lottery”. The performances attempt to do the impossible: win the lottery with hundreds of other people using techniques that range from statistical to mystical.
Melissa Brown received a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 and an MFA from Yale University in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at Bellwether, Kenny Schacter ROVE, Art In General, Artist Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, High Dessert Test Sites and in Badlands at Mass MOCA. She recently was the subject of a solo exhibition entitled Paper Fortune, at CANADA, NY. She has received grants from Artist Space, CUNY research grants and scholarship to the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Her projects have been featured in Performa 07, in the Cabinet Magazine Stamp Book and at the Sculpture Center in Queens. Her performance entitled, How To Win The Lottery was included in the 2009 Nuit Blanche Contemporary Art Festival in Toronto, ON.