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Melinda Barnes
updated: 02/11/2010
website: www.melindabarnes.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Observation Tower Doorway
Wall Writing
Sidewalk
Walnuts
Map
Inside the Van
Field
Motel Curtain
Motel Wall
Cedars & Gate (Dream)
IV Apparition
Emmet
Bedside
Party Dress
Lard Label
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, dreams, landscape, narrative, domestic, illustration
 
 
Observation Tower Doorway by Melinda Barnes
Observation Tower Doorway
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Wall Writing by Melinda Barnes
Wall Writing
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Sidewalk by Melinda Barnes
Sidewalk
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Walnuts by Melinda Barnes
Walnuts
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Map by Melinda Barnes
Map
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Inside the Van by Melinda Barnes
Inside the Van
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Field by Melinda Barnes
Field
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Motel Curtain by Melinda Barnes
Motel Curtain
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2 " x  5 "  x 1/2 " 
Motel Wall by Melinda Barnes
Motel Wall
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2" " x  5" " 
Cedars & Gate (Dream) by Melinda Barnes
Cedars & Gate (Dream)
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
IV Apparition by Melinda Barnes
IV Apparition
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Emmet by Melinda Barnes
Emmet
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Bedside by Melinda Barnes
Bedside
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Party Dress by Melinda Barnes
Party Dress
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 
Lard Label by Melinda Barnes
Lard Label
graphite on paper
2008
3 1/2"" x  5""  x 1/2"" 

Artist Statement
My drawings are pictorial fiction. Each one is a piece from a larger, somewhat fragmented and nonlinear but ongoing narrative that includes both visual diaries from the perspectives of different characters and a third person view of those same people and the landscapes they live in. I try to create a kind of pseudorealism for this narrative by mimicking qualities of snapshot-documentary photographs and combining those elements with what one might call a comic art style, which, I hope, suggests to viewers the fictitious nature of the work.

Artist Bio / CV

b. Austin, TX, 1971

Education

BFA, University of Iowa, 1994

Solo Exhibitions

Fictitious Rambling, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2009

New Work, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME, 2006

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

The Business of Art, University of New England, Portland, ME, 2009

Considerable Thinking, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME, 2009

Studio Walls, SPACE, Portland ME, 2009

Biennial Juried Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2008

SPLIT, drawing room, Portland, ME, 2007

TINY, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME, 2007

Holiday Mixer, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME, 2006

Mix Tape: an Artists' Portfolio, Local 188, Portland, ME, 2005

A Fine Line, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME, 2004

Invitational Salon of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, 2003

2-person Show, Gilmore Gallery, Peacham Library, Peacham, VT, 2003

Group Show, Gilmore Gallery, Peacham Library, Peacham, VT, 2001

American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2000

National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2000

Artist Registries and Other Venues

Viewing Program, the Drawing Center, New York, NY

Art-o-mat, various locations