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melissa dadourianBiography: Melissa Dadourian received a BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA in Combined Media and Painting from Hunter College. She has exhibited Internationally and New York and has been awarded residencies at the American Academy in Rome and at the Cite des Arts in Paris. Her work explores aspects of identity and self-perception as culturally learned beliefs, dealing with the interplay between revealing and veiling, seesawing between the two. Both in painting and video, the image of the female body is used, both as abstract form, as well as the center of desire. In the paintings, hair, breasts and curves are fragmented reflections in motion, not complete but only a fleeting visualization. With a delicate and searching line, the edges of the figure are traced in paint, then layered one on top of the other, overlapping image and memory. Country: USA Birthyear: 03/02/69 Galleries: Solo: 2004 Awakening, Holland Tunnel Art, Brooklyn, New York press 2003 Imagine, Vinicio: Spazio Progetto, Ansedonia, Italy 2001 New Video, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia 1999 Yesterday Yes a Day, Cité des Arts, Paris, France Group: 2004 Matzo Files, Artists Alliance, Inc., New York 2003 Benefit Exhibition, WhiteColumns and Momenta Galleries, New York 2002 20/20, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York Awards: American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist. Rome, Italy, 2000 Citè Internationale des Artes, American Center in Paris Award. Paris, France, 1999 Pratt Institute, Senior Painting Award, 1991 Media: oil Style: abstract Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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