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Melissa Anthony

Nominated by Chicago State University

Life is full of many pleasures, but it is the simple ones that make it more enjoyable. Creating art has become one of my many pleasures. Art has become a luxury in the sense that it requires valuable time. I use that time creating things for my pleasure and for the pleasure of others. These creations are artifacts, stamps of a particular place in time. I share these artifacts through my prints, paintings, customs shoes, and drawings. My intent is to move the heart as the eyes do. I create art with the assumption that rules do not exist, therefor boundaries can be challenged. Time is awarding me with opportunities to meet those boundaries and surpass them.

I chose the arts program because creating art has become my sole purpose for living. I currently switched my major from art education to studio because I wanted to concentrate more on my work. Attending college has been the best years of my life. Here, I have been introduced to different types of mediums which will allow me to enhance and expand my artistic abilities. I am focused, driven, and dedicated to my work.

I am a painter, who has strayed away from the traditional techniques. I strive for individuality, and a life full of meaning and purpose in which art has gladly opened the door for me to exercise that stance. I took an oath to never set aside my talent, and to be open and adjust to the fluctuating changes that may occur during my journey. The art world is challenging, and ideas are continuously being pushed to every limit. I’m hoping to surpass expectations in every form of art that is introduced to me. I have a particular goal in life, and art has become my golden ticket that will drive me all the way there.

Image: Art is a Dying Practice, 2017

Resident year: 
2017
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident