Melissa Zexter
Medium: Photography and Fiber

Studio Location:
183 Lorraine Street
Studio # 87



Artist Bio:
Melissa Zexter was born in Rhode Island and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from New York University.
Zexter has exhibited throughout the United States and overseas including shows at Robert Mann Gallery, NYC, Muriel Guepin Gallery, NY, The Triennial Design Museum in Milan, Italy, The Fuller Craft Museum, MA, , Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY, and the Marsha Wood Gallery, GA, Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, ELEPHANT, Juxtapoz, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, The New Yorker, Art New England, The Village Voice, BUST, and New York Magazine.

Artist Statement:
Melissa Zexter combines embroidery with photography. She sews by hand directly onto photographs she has taken, combining a traditional practical skill, embroidery with a modern and mass reproducible process, photography. The artist's fundamental concern is to explore the photograph's material status as three-dimensional object as well as to examine issues of identity, memory and technology. Her interest in the creation of hand-crafted, unique photographic objects is related to the proliferation of images in the modern age, one where images ??? and specifically photographic images ??? have lost their own object status altogether. Through their manipulations of the image's surface with embroidery or the partial removal of the emulsion, the photographs become unique, no-longer reproducible objects. Concerned with the interaction between hand and eye in relation to the photographic image, Zexter's complex works explore memory and personal experience while manipulating the generic qualities of the photographic print.

All images and text copyright Melissa Zexter