County: King County
GAP Award 2016
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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.
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Fancy Free, ink, paint, found paper, scissor cut silhouettes, brux de noix, on panel, 9"x54", 2009. photo: Stewart Hopkins.
You Will Be Rewarded For Your Efforts, ink, paint, found paper, scissor cut silhouettes, brux de noix, on panel, 18"x18", 2009. photo: Stewart Hopkins.
Vertumnus and Pomona, ink, paint, found papers, scissor cut silhouettes, brux de noix, on panel, 24" x 64" , 2011. photo: Stewart Hopkins.
The Story Of Water, 96" x 122" x 60", 2015. Michael Stadler.
WATER, for Put Art in Parks, 240" x 216", 2016. Jenny Crooks.
JAZZED, for Art Interruptions, 120" x 72", 2016. Melissa Koch.
The Nature of Bees, 40" x 44", 2015. Melissa Koch.
Kaleidoscope, 92" x 66", 2016. Melissa Koch.