A Life of Its Own

24.00"W x 11.00"H x 0.3"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: chinese, graphic, contemporary, cord, smart, phone, cell, tablet, technology, serpent, power, dragon, white, red

Media: paper, rice paper, rice, cut, gouache, waxed

Size: 24"W x 11"H x 0.25"D

Year Created: 2018

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This three-layer paper-cut was inspired by the tangle of wires that inevitably forms whenever I put away a pair of ear buds or a power adapter. As technology enters every aspect of our lives, these small irritations remind us of how reliant we are on (arguably) inanimate objects. I chose to depict a dragon out of woven cords because its shifting positive and negative symbolism parallels the ambivalence that technology arouses. Framed in modern black metal, with a sheet of acrylic separating the two layers.

I earned a BA in art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. For two years I taught foundations art at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while working on public art in Madison and Milwaukee. I moved to Irvine, CA in 2010, where I worked as a full time artist and member of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I currently live in the DC area and teach at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am VP of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters and founder of Greater Westover Studio Tour. My work has appeared in over ninety solo and group exhibits throughout the country.

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