Melanie Serkes

Sculpture & 3D/Drawing



Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA
e-mail: Melanie Serkes
www.melanieserkes.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

‏I have always considered myself an object-maker; affected by an intrinsic restlessness, I find great satisfaction in the manipulation of different materials. Inspired by the way bodies exist in and move through space, my creations are derived from the human figure and my work conveys those precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.

‏Rhythm and repetition are a large part of my process. I create rules to follow in each artistic pursuit. By setting a limitation within to work, I find that I can take each idea much further than I initially think possible.

‏Spheres, circles and lines are the part of the recurring vocabulary. By arranging elements in different formations, I create spaces that strike a balance between dynamism and quietude, the grounded and the weightless.

Artist Bio

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor working in bronze, clay, wood and stone. She also explores ideas using drawing and printing techniques. Classically trained at Boston University, from 2002 to 2006, she uses this knowledge of figurative sculpture and drawing to abstract ideas from life. She seeks to highlight and interpret the beautiful aspects of nature. Her work has been part of select exhibitions at the New Hope Arts Center, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial. On loan until 2018, her cedar and stainless steel sculpture titled, Liaison, can be seen at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She holds a career in a bronze fine art foundry, mastering skills such as welding, metal finishing and patina. Melanie lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. 

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Art Apartment Walk, InLiquid at Park Towne Place Apartments, Philadelphia, PA

Liaison, Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Stevens Point, WI
On loan through April 2018

2014
Navigation Puzzle, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Bridgette Mayer, Director, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

116th Annual Faculty Exhibition, Louchheim Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Juried Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA
Jurors: Darla Jackson and Scot Kaylor, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Small Works Exhibition, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

115th Annual Faculty Exhibition, Louchheim Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Juried Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA
Jurors: Leslie Kaufman and Elizabeth Mackie

Process Show: Mixed Media, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
114th Annual Faculty Exhibition, Louchheim Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2011
113th Annual Student Exhibition, Louchheim Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

Students of Two-Figure Sculpture, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2010
112th Annual Student Exhibition, Louchheim Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Senior Thesis, BFA Candidates, Fay G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

College Art Association’s Regional BFA Juried Exhibition, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

2005
International Student Exhibition, Galleria di Sotoportego, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

Education

2006
Boston University, Boston, MA
BFA, Sculpture cum laude, Minor in Art History

2005
Semester Abroad, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

Continuing Education
2014
Introduction to Wheel Throwing, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2008 – present
Drawing, Sculpture and Printmaking, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Patrick Kipper’s Workshop for Silicon Bronze Patina, Loveland, CO

Awards and Honors

2011
Fleisher’s First Annual Student Advisory Council Award, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Dean’s List with Special Distinction, Boston University, Boston, MA

2003 – 2005
Dean’s List, Boston University, Boston, MA

Professional Experience

2014 – present
Patina Specialist/Metal Finisher, Independent Casting, Philadelphia, PA

2010 – 2015
Plaster Casting Expert, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2013 – 2014
Figure Sculpture Instructor, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2007 – 2014
Patina Specialist/Metal Finisher, Laran Bronze Fine Art Foundry, Chester, PA

2007
Wax Worker, Laran Bronze Fine Art Foundry, Chester, PA

2005
Foundry Intern, Shidoni Bronze Foundry, Tesuque, NM

Gallery Affiliation

Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ

Professional Affiliations

2014
Artist Member, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

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