Saturday, February 19, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Melissa S Armstrong at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson

Science is Fiction:
New Work by Melissa S Armstrong

Gallery II, Vermont Studio Center
March 10 – April 8, 2011
Opening Reception: March 10, 7:30pm

Staff-artist Melissa S Armstrong will present her final solo show at the Vermont Studio Center, March 10 – April 8, 2011. The show will serve as a retrospective of her year-long staff-artist residency, showcasing a variety of works made almost entirely of sugar and candy. These works have been the focus of a year of intensive study and exploration into growth and decay through the medium of sugar. All objects in the show have been completed since she arrived in Vermont in February of 2010 to work as the Graphic Design and Communications Coordinator for the Studio Center.

Melissa S Armstrong was born at the foot of the Rockies and raised in the mountains of Appalachia, where the geologic grandeur and history of both locations led to an interest in the sciences, especially Earth Science and Biology. Upon completion of her BFA in Industrial Design, she refocused her energies on installation and sculpture, with a formative show at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. She has continued to show in Boston and Providence, and most recently was invited to participate in a show in the DMZ in Korea. After the completion of her staff-artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, she will travel to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she has received a NEA grant for a 5-week residency to continue her work in rock candy and sugar growth.

Image: Dura Mater, 2010, sugar, lace-knit cotton, leather, 5'9