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Melissa Pokorny is fascinated with the "thingness" of things and the improbable relationships they can have to each other. Resin dogs, songbirds, and ersatz rocaille décor gathered from hobby stores, internet collectible sites, and estate sales are arranged with digitally rendered, photo-collaged architectural elements, eliciting memories of spaces.
The artist has culled, collected, and repurposed these found objects and images of remembered spaces, putting them into a close conversation to suggest kitschy symbolism and whimsically mythic associations. Using the strategies of still life composition and tableau vivant painting, Pokorny's work explores the arbitrary, the inappropriate, and the accidental, while evoking a wry sense of melancholy.
Melissa's work has been shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Her work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Orange County Art Museum. Melissa lives, works, and teaches in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.