Melanie C Thomas
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Artist's Statement

I am fascinated by the human spirit. I believe at our core we are more similar than different. Universal challenges, struggles, ironies and joys are the common thread life presents to us. Through the human form, I attempt to reveal a state of mind throughout our ever-changing world and life using using shape, proportion and common objects.


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Artist's Biography

As a native of Chicago I grew up amidst vast variations in architecture, seasons and cultures. It afforded me time to notice the similarities and patterns in those variations. On a bus or train, on a routine commute, my appreciation of form and art was awakened. The extreme and uncommon form found in a city scape inspired me to apply those principles to my figurative sculptures.

The study of life drawing, graphic design and illustration expanded my awareness of what art meant to me. I began to explore the possibilities and challenges of art through painting and graphic design. A move to London cemented the principles I developed earlier. While drawing and painting gave me eye opening views of the world and myself, it didn't allow me to convey a three-dimensional world.

My sculpture journey began in 2000 in Austin. It was an instant satisfaction in that it was art that could rotate in my hand and not just in my mind. Sculpture felt like the tool I was searching for and its challenges continue to delight.


Juried Exhibits

Austin Sculpture Center Exhibit 2003, Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Austin, TX, 2003
Austin Bergstrom International Airport, juried exhibit with Texas Society of Sculptors, 2003
Sculptfest, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin, TX, 2003 - 2004
Spring Show, Texas Society of Sculptors, Unitarian Universalist Church, Austin, TX, 2003
Travis Heights Art Trail, Austin, TX. 2004-2005
Beeville Coastal Bend Art Show, juried exhibit, 2006
Featured in "Best of America Sculpture Artists Volume II" www.bestofartists.com
AVAA "Austin Figurative Show" -- April, 2012
AVAA "Austin Figurative Show" -- April, 2013
Featured in "Art and Beyond" Nude and Figurative Art Special Issue. Vol. 12, 2013
ART ON THE ROOF -- May 10, 2012
SOFA 2013, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL


Gallery Affiliations

Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, CO
Knox Galleries, Harbor Springs, MI
Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI
Work exhibited in Green Mountain Energy Co. headquarters, Austin, TX
Austin Galleries, Austin, TX


Memberships

Texas Society of Sculptors
Austin Visual Arts Association


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