Gabriella Melendez

I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. Feeling the soft, rough, cold or warmth of the materials that I have chosen for my sculptures allows me to connect to my work. As a sculptor, my goal is to construct realistic three-dimensional form that will capture the materiality of human organs and bones; texture, shape, and design perfection, all in fulfillment of an emotional viewing of the unseen body. I am interested in creating art that redefines our physical selves. The human form is even more inspiring in a post-surgical culture where metal and plastic are grafted to the human bone, and replacement parts are now commonly available and installed. My art is to evoke new feelings in the viewer, grown from the meditation upon their specific relationship with their bodies, and its invisible workings that are life giving.