Melanie Newcombe is an American artist who got B.A. in Art Education from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with an emphasis in sculpture. She continued her post undergraduate sculpture education at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Melanie grew up in Minnesota on lakes and rivers and has spent her adult life near the ocean. Water is a pervasive theme in her work and she is transfixed by the qualities of water, and her sculptures have the transcendent ability to appear as water - sometimes solid, sometimes translucent, but always reflective.
She is perpetually pushing materials toward innovative structures, with her figurative work featuring layers of aluminum screen wire sewn into human forms. The repetitive lines of the stitching connect a patchwork of wire mesh, arranged to convey a tension among beauty, sensuality and ephemerality. She sees the layers of metal and wood as symbolic for how we as humans are also layers. Like onions we are layers. Like the wire mesh, we are layers. The layers are a metaphor for her of our own layered lives.
She is particularly interested in the relationship between the gods and humans. Growing up in a family of mostly women, she understands the story of women. Her sculptures are goddesses, balancing between the sea, the sky, the earth and the human.
Her most recent abstract pieces are an explorative dance between herself and material. These pieces are more about process than product because she is letting go of the trying and allowing the material to just move with her as she creates out of her intuition.
Hawthorne Arts Complex Open Studios, Hawthorne, California.
Masters of Their Medium, MuzeuMM Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Liquid: Solo Exhibition, EarthWe Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California;
Old World New World, EarthWe Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California.
Maytes Rescue Fundraiser, Church Boutique, West Hollywood, California;
Nude Survey Five - an EMS Curation, MuzeuMM Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Without Dialogue, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California; Divergent Voices, Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, California;
Nude Survey One - an EMS Curation, Jamie Brooks Fine Art Gallery, Costa Mesa, California.
Collective Conclusion, I-5 Gallery, The Brewery, Los Angeles, California;
Habitual, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California.
What Do You Worship, Lenny Kravitz, and Church Boutique, West Hollywood, California;
Reaction 1019 and 5790 projects, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, California.
Look Up: Solo Exhibition, Salvation Army Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
Women Growing Wings, Artist’s Union Gallery, Ventura, California.
Without Rest, Senior Thesis Exhibition, Eugene Johnson Art Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Art Center at Night Public Programs, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
Bachelor of Arts: Art Education, Bethel University, Emphasis: Studio Arts - Sculpture, St. Paul, Minnesota.