Biography

Born and raised in western New York state, the artist now lives and works in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

 

The artist creates pen & ink drawings document the everyday life of the artist and her family. These drawings are drawn both from life and from photographs.

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The artist is inspired by the idea of the "fleeting moments" in our daily lives. These are moments in time that seem unimportant ordinary, but are small events in the everyday life that build to become a documentary of human interactions and connections.
 

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Recent Work

Deeply inspired by the loss of history and identity, as well as family connections, the artist creates mixed-media collages and paintings that merge these themes onto the surface of her works. Her intense interests in the natural world (especially birds and animals), as well as her rural, isolated upbringing, are also subjects that inspire her work.

"My themes and concepts generally revolve around social isolation, family history, and trauma. I am especially interested in genealogy research, and with the forgotten women and lives in my family's history. My work reflects a desire to remember them; to document their existence and to honor their life experiences. I am deeply and fundamentally inspired by the Chinese-American artist Hung Liu, among other artists with similar works."

Her latest series of works are called Portraits of My Ancestors. In each work, the artist explores deep familial relationships with found objects that she cuts or tears and continuously glues, paints, and overlaps over one another onto the surface of the work. These objects include copies of baptismal records, hand-written letters, the scribbled drawings that her young son created, copies of photographs, etc. Each object is symbolic (as are the birds she paints, which she refers to as the "masks" of the individual). 

 

Education

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, Masters Certification in Special Education, 2016

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, M.S.T. Art Education, 2005

Purchase College, Purchase, New York, B.F.A., Fine Arts, 2004

Exhibitions

Mixed Media National Juried Show, Arts Center Gallery, Nazareth College of Art, Rochester, NY, 2020

FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition, Juried show, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA 2019

OF A FEATHER: Birds in Art, National juried show, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, Maryland, 2018

""The Portrait", National juried show, A Different Path Gallery, Brockport, NY, 2018

"Inner Worlds", National juried show, Cade Art Gallery, Arnold, MD, 2017

Elements of Surprise', juried show, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2017

Finding My Own Voice, juried show, Artists & Makers Gallery, Rockville, MD, 2017

Friends Show,  Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA, 2017

Believing is Seeing, Womens Caucus for Art juried show, Artists & Makers Gallery, Rockville, MD, 2016

Rewrite : : Re-Righting; Prepare, Provoke, Prevail, Womens Caucus for Art, DC Chapter, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD, 2015

Instruct: Art, F.C.P.S., juried show, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA 2013

Symbols, Series, Selves, Womens Caucus for Art, Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, 2013
Power Art, juried show, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA, 2013
Mixology, Raw Natural Born Artists, Washington, DC, 2012
Art on the Edge, juried show, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA, 2012
Artomatic, Arlington, VA, 2012
Artist Teachers Exhibition, F.C.P.S., juried show, Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA, 2011
Her! Female multi-media group exhibition, Flying Squirrel Gallery, HER!, Sistas’ Sayin’ Somethin’, Rochester, New York, 2010

 

Memberships

Womens Art Collaborative: http://www.zhibit.org/womensartcollaborative
Women's Caucus for Art, DC Chapter, Member since 2012

CONTACT:

MelissaRaeDovey@gmail.com

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