Artwork    

 
Detail, MakeShift Exhibit

Detail, MakeShift Exhibit

Interactive Hut, presented at Purdue University, Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery.

Growth Spurts Installation 2017

Growth Spurts Installation 2017

Solo Exhibition presented by: https://chashama.org/

SubterraneanHolding_MelissaDiaz1

SubterraneanHolding_MelissaDiaz1

Solo Exhibit presented by Chashama.

Nature and Nurture 1

Nature and Nurture 1

2016 Pipe Cleaners, Rope, Fabric, Acrylic, Wood,Plants, 72"x 56"x 10"

Nature and Nurture I (Detail)

Nature and Nurture I (Detail)

2016

Queen B & Rad Rocks

Queen B & Rad Rocks

2016 Paper Pulp sculptures Rad Rock Series

Rad Rocks

Rad Rocks

Exhibition a part of the Art of Mentalizing Conference @ Pratt Institute

Mama Bolder

Mama Bolder

Largest in the Rad Rock series, 2018, Chashama

Communitree

Communitree

Interactive Community Wellness installation, @La Bodega Gallery in South Slope Brooklyn.

melissa_diaz_the boulder I love

melissa_diaz_the boulder I love

MakeShift Hut

MakeShift Hut

Hut created at Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery, Purdue University, interactive installation with student participation.

drip 3

drip 3

18" x 24" Acrylic, Gel Pen, Puffy Paint on Arches Paper, 2019

Hut Detail, 2011

Hut Detail, 2011

Growth Spurts, 2016

Growth Spurts, 2016

Pipe Cleaner, Tissue Paper, Installation: Sizes Variable

Growth Spurts, 2016

Growth Spurts, 2016

Pipe Cleaner, Tissue Paper, Installation: Sizes Variable

M.Diaz4

M.Diaz4

Hut of Dreams

Hut of Dreams

Interactive Hut at the Renegade Craft Fair, Special Feature, Brooklyn Pop-up in East River Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Detail, Outdoor Interactive Hut

Detail, Outdoor Interactive Hut

Found and alternative objects

Outdoor Interactive Hut

Outdoor Interactive Hut

Renegade Craft Fair, Brooklyn

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Site Specific Installation, created in Residence at The Marble House Project.

Rad Rock I, 2016

Rad Rock I, 2016

Styrofoam, Glass, Acrylic, Pigment

Rad Rock, 2015

Rad Rock, 2015

Cellulose clay, Acrylic

Rad Rock II, 2015

Rad Rock II, 2015

Cellulose clay, Acrylic, Glass, Floam

Rad Rocks Series

Rad Rocks Series

Paper Mache, Acrylic, Styrofoam, glitter, 5"x8"x4"

Rad Rock II, 2016

Rad Rock II, 2016

Styrofoam, Acrylic, Fabric

Gallery Take Over, Detail

Gallery Take Over, Detail

Yarn, Acrylic Gloss Medium, Lights

Yarn Light

Yarn Light

MakeShift, Installation View

MakeShift, Installation View

Mixed Medium, Plants, 2011

Dreamscape

Dreamscape

Detail from installation as a part of MakeShift, Purdue University

Interactive Hut Workshops

Interactive Hut Workshops

Sessions held with Students of Purdue University, Participants involved in group discussion and art making, engaging in group weaving process.

Interactive Opening

Interactive Opening

Creating at Opening Reception, Flora, Solo Exhibition

Flora, Installation Details

Flora, Installation Details

Detail from interactive installation workshops with children and families, Hootenanny Art House, BK, NY, 2013

Gallery Takover

Gallery Takover

Mixed Medium, 3 Day Gallery Take Over Installation, Under Minerva Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

Spring Window Display

Spring Window Display

Fringe Salon, NYC, 2013

MakeShift Hut, Detail

MakeShift Hut, Detail

MakeShift Hut, Detail

MakeShift Hut, Detail

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Bio:

Melissa is an artist and a licensed, registered, board-certified art therapist. She holds a BFA in Painting from The University of Central Florida, an MPS in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a certificate in Integrated Mental Health/Addiction Treatment. Melissa has 10 years of experience as a Creative Arts Therapist, working as a primary therapist, group therapist and program assistant director. She has utilized art therapy in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health, family shelters, schools and museums. Through these experiences, Melissa has had the opportunity to support, individuals experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, developmental disorders, addiction, familial issues, life transitions, and stigmatization. Melissa practices an eclectic art therapy approach, utilizing Humanistic, Attachment and Behavioral frameworks, tailoring each therapeutic experience to meet the client or group where they are at. Throughout all her work, she weaves in mindfulness practice and self-compassion. In addition to her therapeutic practice, Melissa founded, Open House BK (est. 2010), a Brooklyn based, community arts initiative that provides affordable pop-up events, emerging artist exhibitions, and therapeutic workshops. Open House strives to shed light on the arts and community as integral for social justice, personal healing and progress. Currently, Melissa is a Visiting Instructor for Pratt Institute’s Art Therapy Department and Chapter Delegate to the New York Art Therapy Association. Melissa is also a practicing studio artist, exhibiting in galleries, universities and alternative spaces. In her artwork, she creates interactive installation art as a source of viewer engagement. Melissa believes creativity exists within everyone, serving as a gateway to heal, transform and explore the impact of one’s internal and external experiences.

Statement:

As both an artist and art therapist, I consider space, relationships, and holding environment. My artwork is an ongoing exploration of inner and outer habitats that reflect elements of nature, growth, transition, and coexistence. I am interested in portraying the tension and ambiguity of micro and macro environments. Within these environments, I aim to form a transitional space that welcomes play and introspection. Transitional Space, coined by psychoanalyst and theorist, D.W. Winnicott, refers to the space in between subjective and objective reality, a space of pure creativity and play. 

 

While I organically inhabit this experience in the studio and therapeutic space, I hope to cultivate it further within the exhibition space. I do so by use of playful arrangements, choice of material and inviting the viewer to engage with the work through the act of imaginative play. By utilizing simple/child-like materials, I encourage accessibility of art-making, demystifying of the artist and transformative powers of creativity. I also strive to create interactive components that foster social engagement, highlight universalities and form a sense of communal transitional space. My work forms a relationship with the surroundings and the viewer, paralleling my framework as an art therapist.

Videos & Interviews on works and process: 

http://bit.ly/PodcastCreativeTXUmbrella

http://www.renderingunconscious.org/psychoanalysis/rendering-unconscious-melissa-diaz/

https://www.facebook.com/Health/videos/10154102294405668/

https://vimeo.com/109882993

 

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Hut Detail, 2011