website: melissazarem.comemail addressArtists Statement
I am an abstract painter and printmaker. My work playfully combines expressive gesture, layered texture and graphic formal elements. Each piece is built in layers that allow viewers to infer the history of its making. This process invites spontaneity and produces a rich surface that parallels the natural world- a world where growth is attained through time, energy and material.Biography
Melissa Zarem grew up in New York City where she logged many hours scouring museums. After getting her BFA at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Melissa returned to Brooklyn where she started a career as an artist in residence with the Henry Street Settlement Houses Abrons Arts Center. Between 1992 and 1998 her art was featured in a number of shows at the Abrons Arts Center as well as in galleries in Brooklyn, including: Cold Fish (1995), The Montauk House (1996), and Henry 125 (1997).
After a hiatus to raise children, Melissa returned to Ithaca with her family. Relocating has provided her with the necessary space and time to redouble her artistic productivity. Within the last four years, she has been included in five shows at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca and has had a successful solo show at the Corners Gallery (also in Ithaca) last spring. She was recently selected to participate in the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) MARK11 professional development program.