Melissa Dadourian
Medium: Installation and Fiber

Studio Location:
98 4th Street
Studio # 55

Phone: 917-822-4234



Artist Bio:
Melissa Dadourian is a Brooklyn based artist working in textile media, painting and sculpture. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Combined Media and Painting from Hunter College. Dadourian has exhibited internationally and in New York. Recently Dadourian presented work as resident artist at the Courtyard House in Gowanus, Brooklyn as well as Sardine Gallery and a solo show at Mushroom Project Space in Brooklyn NY. Her work was also included in 'Line of Vision' at In-Case Art Projects in Bushwick NY and 'Radius 50' curated by David A. Ross at WAAM in Woodstock NY. Residencies include Vermont Studio Center, The Textile Arts Center, and the American Academy in Rome and Cit?? Internationale des Artes in Paris. Dadourian reinterprets abstract painting with a feminine bend, which she refers to as "soft geometry". The female condition and female empowerment is inspiration for all of Dadourian's work.

Artist Statement:
In my art practice I create large-scale textile based installations.

In my 'UNCURTAIN' installations I use repurposed fabrics that I hand dye and alter with cut-outs in a grid like pattern then suspended from the ceiling. As curtains are designed to create a sense of privacy and protection, my work here disrupts the assumption of this traditional usage. I intentionally create spaces with uncertain boundaries dismantling the whole notion of privacy.

The series of thread paintings entitled 'SOFT GEOMETRY' are knit abstractions that I suspend and float off the wall. These pieces are often site responsive and maintain a passive-aggressive quality; they assertively intrude on a space while suggesting an approachable fragility. Similarly, the geometric forms blatantly interrupt an environment while posing docile. As wall and floor pieces they carefully balance notions of opposites.

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