Melinda Barnes

<i>Salt Shaker Cozy</i>, graphite, 2008
Salt Shaker Cozy, graphite, 2008

<i>Unidentified Man on Roof With Cookie</i>, graphite, 2008
Unidentified Man on Roof With Cookie, graphite, 2008

<i>Small Model of Viburnum Institute</i>, graphite, 2008
Small Model of Viburnum Institute, graphite, 2008

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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.

BIOGRAPHY
b. Austin, Texas 1971
Lives and works in Portland, Maine

Education
1994 BFA, University of Iowa

Solo Exhibitions
2009 Center for Maine Contemporary Art
2006 New Work, Whitney Art Works

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Considerable Thinking, Whitney Art Works
2008 Juried Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art
2007 TINY, Whitney Art Works
2006 Holiday Mixer, Whitney Art Works
Mix Tape: an Artistsí Portfolio, Local 188, Portland, ME,
A Fine Line, Whitney Art Works
2004 Invitational Salon of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
2003
2-person Show, Gilmore Gallery, Peacham Library, Peacham, VT
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,

Artist Registries and Other Venues
Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Art-o-Mat, various locations

Awards
Juror's Prize, Juried Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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