Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Melissa Koch grew up on the island of Cyprus where she frequently explored the natural landscape of this Mediterranean island on foot searching for migratory birds, insects and wild flowers. A graduate of the Architectural Association London, now a visual artist, her multi-disciplinary art practice combines drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and mixed media installations using cut paper, Tyvek and found materials she re-purposes. Melissa’s work is an ongoing commitment to innovating and exploring new ideas not only technically and aesthetically, but also on a human and ecological level, addressing the impact our social and economic priorities have on the earth. This journey has lead her into the field of public art with the first two commissions awarded to her this year from The Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Parks Department and SDOT for: Put Art In Parks and Art Interruptions. Her work is currently represented by the Seattle Art Museum gallery and Museo gallery, Langely.

Melissa received GAP 2016 funding for Winged Migrations, an ongoing interactive multimedia project, inspired by pollinators such as bees, butterflies and birds, intended to stimulate a dialogue about the impact human habitation has upon nature, our relationship to our surroundings and issues about sustainability.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I am so grateful to have been selected this year as a recipient of a GAP grant. This grant will enable me to continue working on my project/installation Winged Migrations about pollinators and will be a huge boost for my ongoing artistic career, helping to give my work greater visibility, validation and help keep my creative flow moving forward in a positive way. A huge thank you to The Artist Trust.

Melissa Koch