MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementOur intellectual and material literacy are dependent on paper. This material rescued our hereditary knowledge from the destructive hand of time many times in the past. Paper is a direct reflection of our environment and it’s diminishing state, it is also one of the most important forms of communication. Therefore it is appropriate that paper, which has patiently served mankind's progress, should speak about itself, its past, ad its future. The work I am presenting is a series of paintings on cut paper fused onto acrylic substrates. They are a use of handmade paper and organic imagery, in partnership with vivid pigment and acrylic plastics. The dialogue created is that of struggle between two worlds, one where the laws of nature make sense and the other, a place in which these laws do not apply. The cut paper mirrors a diminishing natural world and the use of acrylic plastic speaks of the faux materials derived to replace the resources we have used up. The landscapes created are seemingly happy and nice, but looking closer the darker side of our cyber world is revealed as animals and plants interact with their terrain.
Melissa Dickenson Baltimore, MD Melissa Dickenson earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. A practicing artist, Dickenson has exhibited her work in Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Rosenberg Gallery, Goucher College and Gallery Imperato, at Rodger Lapelle Galleries in Philadelphia, Anno Dommini and Thinkspace Galleries both in California, as well as Transformer and American University in Washington, D.C. and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo Japan. Melissa is a recipient of Maryland State Artist Awards in both 2006 and 2008, as well as a finalist for the Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize for 2008 and Semi- Finalist for the Trawick Prize, 2008. Most recently she was awarded an Artist Grant to attend Masia Can Serrat, in Barcelona, Spain for residency fellowship in 2009. Past exhibitions include 'Exploration' a solo show at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo Japan, ‘The Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize’ at Baltimore Museum of Art, and ‘New Artists’ at Gallery Plan B in Washington D.C. Dickenson looks forward to two exhibitions in May 2009, ‘Je ne Sais Quoi’, a group exhibition at Sub Basement Art Studios, and a solo show‘The Protectors’ at the G-spot Audio Video Playground, both in Baltimimore, MD.