I have always considered myself an object-maker; affected by an intrinsic restlessness, I find great satisfaction in the manipulation of different materials. Inspired by the way bodies exist in and move through space, my creations are derived from the human figure and my work conveys those precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.
Rhythm and repetition are a large part of my process. I create rules to follow in each artistic pursuit. By setting a limitation within to work, I find that I can take each idea much further than I initially think possible.
Spheres, circles and lines are the part of the recurring vocabulary. By arranging elements in different formations, I create spaces that strike a balance between dynamism and quietude, the grounded and the weightless.
Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor working in bronze, clay, wood and stone. She also explores ideas using drawing and printing techniques. Classically trained at Boston University, from 2002 to 2006, she uses this knowledge of figurative sculpture and drawing to abstract ideas from life. She seeks to highlight and interpret the beautiful aspects of nature. Her work has been part of select exhibitions at the New Hope Arts Center, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial. On loan until 2018, her cedar and stainless steel sculpture titled, Liaison, can be seen at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She holds a career in a bronze fine art foundry, mastering skills such as welding, metal finishing and patina. Melanie lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Boston University, Boston, MA
BFA, Sculpture cum laude, Minor in Art History
Semester Abroad, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
Introduction to Wheel Throwing, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2008 – present
Drawing, Sculpture and Printmaking, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Patrick Kipper’s Workshop for Silicon Bronze Patina, Loveland, CO
Awards and Honors
Fleisher’s First Annual Student Advisory Council Award, Philadelphia, PA
Dean’s List with Special Distinction, Boston University, Boston, MA
2003 – 2005
Dean’s List, Boston University, Boston, MA
Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ
Artist Member, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
2014 – present
Patina Specialist/Metal Finisher, Independent Casting, Philadelphia, PA
2010 – 2015
Plaster Casting Expert, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
2013 – 2014
Figure Sculpture Instructor, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
2007 – 2014
Patina Specialist/Metal Finisher, Laran Bronze Fine Art Foundry, Chester, PA
Wax Worker, Laran Bronze Fine Art Foundry, Chester, PA
Foundry Intern, Shidoni Bronze Foundry, Tesuque, NM