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Melissa Marks
updated: 07/23/2009
website: www.melissamarks.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 3
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 5
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 9
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 10
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail)
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail)
The Adventures Of Volitia: The Waters Warp
Volitia Attempts Another Under-Ice Escape
The Adventures Of Volitia: Thick-Ribbed Ice
Volitia And The Floating Ice Jam
Ice Eruption And Cherries
The Adventures of Volitia: What is My Charisma?
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, cartoon, humor, landscape, psychological, site-specific, fantasy, feminist, abstract
 
 
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise by Melissa Marks
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise
color pencil on paper
2008
17" x  99" 
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 3 by Melissa Marks
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 3
color pencil on paper
2008
17" x  22" 
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 5 by Melissa Marks
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 5
color pencil on paper
2009
17" x  77" 
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 9 by Melissa Marks
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 9
color pencil on paper
2009
17" x  77" 
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 10 by Melissa Marks
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise 10
color pencil on paper
2009
17" x  99" 
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms by Melissa Marks
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms
Acrylic on wall
2007
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Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail) by Melissa Marks
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail)
Acrylic on wall
2007
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Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail) by Melissa Marks
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge With Blossoms (detail)
Acrylic on wall
2007
0" x  0" 
The Adventures Of Volitia: The Waters Warp by Melissa Marks
The Adventures Of Volitia: The Waters Warp
Color pencil on paper
2007
17" x  11" 
Volitia Attempts Another Under-Ice Escape by Melissa Marks
Volitia Attempts Another Under-Ice Escape
Color pencil on paper
2007
11" x  17" 
The Adventures Of Volitia: Thick-Ribbed Ice by Melissa Marks
The Adventures Of Volitia: Thick-Ribbed Ice
Color pencil on paper
2007
17" x  11" 
Volitia And The Floating Ice Jam by Melissa Marks
Volitia And The Floating Ice Jam
Color pencil on paper
2007
17" x  11" 
Ice Eruption And Cherries by Melissa Marks
Ice Eruption And Cherries
Color pencil on paper
2007
17" x  33" 
The Adventures of Volitia: What is My Charisma? by Melissa Marks
The Adventures of Volitia: What is My Charisma?
acrylic on wall
1999
144" x  600" 

Artist Statement

“The Adventures of Volitia” began with a series of drawings. I imagined that a remnant of abstraction, a detachable Pollack drip, rose up, caught a glimpse of itself in a mirror, and became self-aware. Volitia (as in volition) became a hybrid hero; part Superman, part hothouse flower, part Eve – creation come to life.

The project has taken the form of drawings, paintings, large-scale wall-drawing installations and animation. The “adventures” continue in order to accommodate this malleable character and her raging capacity for change. Volitia continues because her restless nature demands new venues. She moves because we watch. What we see, an ongoing abstract narrative, becomes the armature for our own fantasies and stories.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, MFA, Painting

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, BA, Honors


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Adventures of Volitia

2009
Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion From Paradise

1999
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
The Adventures of Volitia: What is My Charisma?

1998
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
The Adventures of Volitia: Heroic Burlesque


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007
Pierogi 2000
, Brooklyn, NY
Traveling Flat File, Leipzig, Germany
First Run Gallery at Emergency Arts, New York, NY
Spring Festival: Ice Bridge with Blossoms

2005/2006
Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Animation Videotheque

2003/2004
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery
, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation
Kunst Werke Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Animations
University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Thinking in Line: A Survey of Contemporary Drawing
Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Zilkha Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition

2002
Art Position
, Vienna, Austria
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

2001
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
, L.I.C., NY
Animations
Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, NY
Contemporary Narratives

2000
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
The Armory Show 2000
Contemporary Art Museum, University of Florida, FL NeverNeverland

1999
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, L.I.C., NY
100 Drawings
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings

BIBLIOGRAPHY
“Interview: Melissa Marks,” Freedom Magazine, Taiwan, 2006.
“Comic Release – Negotiating Identity for a New Generation,” Vicky Clark, published by D.A.P. in association with Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2003.
“When Art Comes to Life,” Amy Porter, MoMA Magazine, October 2001.
“Plus Ça Change,” John Canemaker, Animations, exhibition newspaper, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, October 2001.
“Fence,” cover and insert, Fence Magazine Inc., Spring/Summer, 2001.
“Art In Review,” Holland Cotter, The New York Times, February 16, 2001.