“Art is there to remind us that we can think for ourselves.”
For over two decades her functional pieces have been sold in galleries and museum stores across the U.S.
Her strong beliefs about the nature of art and creativity being an inherent right of all human beings and not something which is accessible only to an elite few propelled her to formally study creativity.
The Art of Mistakes: Unexpected Painting Techniques and the Practice of Creative Thinking (North Light Books) is her first book. In it, she discusses maintaining individual creative strength in the midst of supposed experts.
In 2007, she began focusing on fine art with the Paint and Air series, which heralded a major shift in her work. The series was born from a mistake. A gallon of spilled paint seemed too messy to clean until it had dried. Days later when it was ready to be chipped off the ground bit by bit, it came up in one glorious piece. Spilling paint became the craft . . . . an entirely new starting point. This then, becomes a painting in the most basic sense . . . . . all paint, no canvas, just paint and the air that has transformed it from liquid to solid.
This “mistake” fed what was already a deep interest in the nature of the creative process and resulted in Melanie pursuing a graduate degree in the study of creativity and specifically, a focused interest in the role of mistakes both in the creative process as well as our perceptions about mistakes in our greater life experience. “We miss out on so much potential when we obsess about mistakes. Understanding which things require perfection and when the freedom from worrying about mistakes can greatly enhance our lives, is critical.”
Melanie has a master’s degree in the Study of Creativity from Buffalo State College and a bachelor’s in Ethnic Arts, with an emphasis in anthropology, from UCLA