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Melissa Vandenberg

 

 

Melissa Vandenberg is included in YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND,

curated by Wendy Vogel

 

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Wish You Were Here

2017
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Waterworks

2013
life vest, chandelier crystals, thread, wood
ca. 52 by 14 by 22 in. (ca. 132,1 by 35,6 by 55,9 cm)

 

 

 

 

 



Fable

2017
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 22 by 30 in. (ca. 55,9 by 76,2 cm)

 

 

 

 



Bang Bang II

2017
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Vagina China

2017
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Glory Days

2017
match burn on Arches paper,

two individual elements
each ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Origin of the World

2016
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 34.5 in. (ca. 75 by 87,6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Welfare / Warfare

2016
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Ex * Pat * Riot

2016
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 27.5 by 29.5 in. (ca. 70 by 75 cm)

 

 

 

 

 



Worship / Warship

2016
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Welfare / Warfare

2016
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Fire Crotch

2015
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Slanted Patriot

2015
sparkler burns Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Free•dom

2015
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



Proper Patriot

2015
sparkler burns Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



The Roof is on Fire

2015
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 29.5 by 40 in. (ca. 75 by 101.6 cm)

 

 

 

 



FIRE

2014
match burn on Arches paper
ca. 20.4 by 28 in. (ca. 51,8 by 71,1 cm)

 

 

 

 

 



Polycephalic Patriot

2013
US flag, polyester, thread
coiled dimensions (as shown on image) approx 18 by 30 by 28 in., extended dims ca. 10 ft long

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Untitled (Match Drawing Series)

1998
burn on paper
ca. 35 by 29 in. (ca. 88,9 by 73,7 cm)







Stella

2002
fabric, twine, polyester
ca. 13 by 18 by 12 in.

private collection, Richmond, KY







Resident

2004
feed sacks, twine, mails, electric cord, wood
ca. 42 by 24 by 42 in.

private collection, Carbondale, IL







Wean

2005
wood, metal
ca. 18 by 42 by 10 in.

private collection, Memphis, TN







Stump performance
Surplus Gallery @ the Glove Factory,
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


2005






Totem

2007
cardboard, lights, fabric
dims variable







White on White

2008
colored pencil and pencil on paper
ca. 22 by 28 in. (ca. 55,9 by 71,1 cm)






Siamese Flag

2009
watercolor and pencil on paper
ca. 16 by 22 in. (ca. 40,6 by 55,9 cm)






Untitled (Flag Study)

2009
fingerprints on folded paper
ca. 16 by 20 in. (ca. 40,6 by 50,8 cm)






Untitled Gravestone

2012
linen, polyester
ca. 46 by 19 by 19 in. (ca. 116,8 by 48,2 by 48,2 cm)







Measure of a Man

2010
Victorian Die cuts, lace, lead, pencil on paper
ca. 20 by 16 in.

private collection, Birmingham, AL






Righteous Branding

2011
burn marks on Arches paper
ca. 16 by 20 in.

private collection, Birmingham, AL





Disorderly Conduct

2012
burn marks on Arches paper
16 by 20 in.

private collection, Houston, TX





Come Undone

2012
zippers on board
ca. 26.5 by 26.5 in.

private collection, Birmingham, AL


 





Drawing on fifteen years of innovation across a diverse range of media including sculpture, works on paper and performance, Vandenberg challenges viewers, ever so softly, to consider their personal constructions of self, identity, place and nation. As she states on her website, “identity is in the home we create, the goods we possess and in the land we live.
 
Vandenberg continues to explore her fascination with the iconography of identity. In Sink or Swim: Family Style (shown above), three life vests fashioned from salvaged American flags hang from a handmade wall-mount. Repetition is a motif central to Vandenberg’s production. Recalling Gilles Deleuze’s pronouncement that only that which is alike differs, and only differences are alike, Vandenberg inserts selected symbols, such as stars or stripes, and certain texts, such as the word EXIT, within many of her works.
 
Both the three-dimensional Clouds of Vertical Development (shown on right) – a hand-fabricated, multi-media three-dimensional Exit sign with an electrical cord tail, and EXIT (shown on right), a collaged multi-media photograph from the Seen, Not Heard series, each use a typographically similar text. It is almost as if Vandenberg has taken the negative space created by removing the term from the former and layered it over the latter creating an oscillating relationship between these two series.



It is this type of subtle understandings of the ways in which an artist can move within and between media that makes Vandenberg’s long history as a practitioner evident. Rather than be trapped within the confines of a medium for fear of stepping outside it, she is as comfortable within one as she is within another. She also revisits methods, but reinterprets their meanings. Drawing on the matchstick drawing methods of her 1998 Untitled (Match Drawing Series) works, Vandenberg is now producing new pieces which scorch paper, but she has turned towards the figurative, using many of the same icons that appear in her collages and three-dimensional works.