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Statement

Melly Wirtes is an artist living and working in New York. Her multidisciplinary practice mobilizes impulsivity in conceptual and formal decision-making to express the phenomena of reckless abandonment. The byproduct of her process is straightforwardly, a manifestation of the decisions made in her process—from the circumstances that warrant the creation of a work, to material selection, to the performative execution of the work. In this, she engages chaos and organization, precariousness, absurdity, dichotomy, and biography within the context of the fields of psychology and behavioral analysis.

 

Education

2017 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude — Savannah College of Art and Design; Atlanta, Georgia

2014 | BFA credits earned — School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

2013 | Residency — Studio Art Centers International; Florence, Italy

2013 | Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, with Distinction — London College of Art and Design; London, England

2012 | High School Diploma, Highest Honors with Distinction — Interlochen Arts Academy; Interlochen, Michigan

 

Exhibitions

2018 | Generations — Besharat Contemporary; Atlanta, Georgia

2017 | 19:56: Studies in Endurance + The Metrics of Time — Sycamore Gallery; Decatur, Georgia

2017 | Something, Anything, Whatever: A happening in three parts — ACA Gallery; Atlanta, Georgia

2017 | Small Works Exhibition — Gutstein Gallery; Savannah, Georgia

2016 | Pop-Up Installation Series I, II, & III — ACA Gallery; Atlanta, Georgia

2016 | SCAD Open Studio Night — 1600 Peachtree; Atlanta, Georgia

2013 | “Best Sculpture with Use of Recycled Materials” in Final Major Project Exhibition — Upper Street Gallery at LCC; London, England

2012 | Senior Thesis Exhibition — Dow Center for Visual Arts; Interlochen, Michigan

2012 | IAA 50th Anniversary Traveling Exhibition — Helen Mills Theatre and Event Space; New York, New York

2012 | 15 x 4 Traveling Exhibition — Interlochen Arts Academy, Designs and Architecture Senior High, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and New Orleans Center for Creative Art

2011 | “Best Sculpture” in Juried Student Exhibition — Dow Center for Visual Arts; Interlochen, Michigan 

2010 | “Presidential Choice Recognition” in Juried Student Exhibition — Dow Center for Visual Arts; Interlochen, Michigan