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Melissa L Parhm

  • 211 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
  • 211 A Miller Ave

About The Artist

Artist Statement

 

 

Melissa Parhm | Artist Statement
Upturned Roots, Silverpoint on Prepared Panels, 2018-2019

Upturned Roots is inspired by a tree in Glen Ellen – Kenwood I’ve been drawn to – especially the roots. After the 2017 fires, I searched and found it still intact. I saw the world in the tree, the concept of pareidolia.

I begin by preparing the panels in order to create a foundation for the silver. Building up many layers of luminous ground enables the interplay of light with the silver, creating a three-dimensional effect. The sun’s rays shifting on the panel’s surface results in an image that is ever-changing. New forms emerge and dissolve, like the forms I see in this tree’s roots.

Drawing with silver is sustainable and connects me to the lineage of artists I’m influenced by who worked in silverpoint in the ages before graphite was discovered and mined. Today as I am writing this, the fires are again raging in Napa. Again, I go into my studio, the elements, in order to honor them. They are all we have; they are the matter we are made of.

Upturned Roots was selected by the de Young Museum of Art for the 2020-2021 exhibition, On the Edge #565 deyoungopenexhibit@famsf.org

http://www.melissaparhmfineart.com 415-377-7946 mparhm@gmail.com

 

http://www.melissaparhmfineart.com

415-377-7946

mparhm@gmail.com

 

Biography

Melissa Parhm | About the Artist   Classically trained in the United States and Europe, Melissa enjoys experimentation and seeks to forge connections between classical and contemporary approaches to art-making. As an active member of the art community, she exhibits her work including the de Young Museum, The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and The Sebastopol Center for the Arts.   She teaches art at The New Village School and art centers in the Bay Area.  You may find her offering a community event through Once Around at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard at the Maker’s Mart. Melissa’s body of work is filled with a devotional reverence for nature with a special emphasis on studying the effects of light.

Art Medium(s)

Drawing, Fiber, Mixed Media, Oil Paint, Prints and Printmaking, Sculpture, Watercolor

Studio Information

Building Name

Home Studio

Studio Or Unit Number

211 A Miller Ave

Special Location Or Visiting Instructions

Please enter at the front door, or if open, come on into the garage studio

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Phone

4153777946

Exhibitions & Press

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You are Invited

Melissa Parhm will be exhibiting her artwork at the Throckmorton Theater in the Crescendo Gallery on February 1st, Lunar New Year, as a part of the City of Mill Valley’s First Tuesday Art Walk. The artist reception will be held at:

The Throckmorton Theater 5:30-7:30 P.M. February 1st

142 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941

She will be including the piece, Upturned Roots, which was shown at the de Young Museum of Art’s, On the Edge exhibition, 2020-2021.

Melissa Parhm | About the Artist

Classically trained in the United States and Europe, Melissa enjoys experimentation and seeks to forge connections between classical and contemporary approaches to art-making.
As an active member of the art community, she exhibits her work including the de Young Museum, The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and The Sebastopol Center for the Arts. She teaches art at The New Village School and art centers in the Bay Area. You may find her offering a community event through Once Around at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard at the
Maker’s Mart.
Melissa’s body of work is filled with a devotional reverence for nature with a special emphasis on studying the effects of light.

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