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Melissa Harshman

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

In my newest body of work, I have used the chandelier as a point of departure for both imagery and structure. My goal is not to replicate a chandelier, but reference its arrangement with the use of printed chandelier crystals along with actual beads attached to these printed components. I am also interested in the play of the shadows created by the hanging beads juxtaposed with the aesthetic qualities of the printed pieces. Works are created to expand on a wall, emphasizing the scale of chandeliers. This work has been referred to as “wall jewelry.” I enjoy this comparison as both jewelry and chandeliers can be viewed as objects of beauty and adornment; items which enrich our lives.

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