Melissa Pokorny is fascinated with the “thingness” of things and the improbable relationships they can have to each other. Resin dogs, songbirds, and ersatz rocaille décor gathered from hobby stores, internet collectible sites, and estate sales are arranged with digitally rendered, photo-collaged architectural elements eliciting memories of spaces. The artist has culled, collected, repurposed these found objects and images of remembered spaces putting them into a close conversation to suggest kitschy symbolism and whimsically mythic associations. Using the strategies of still life composition and tableau vivant painting, Pokorny's work explores the arbitrary, the inappropriate, and the accidental while evoking a wry sense of melancholy.
“My small scale wall works feature aluminum mounted, hand cut photographs shot at night in my garden. These are combined with cast or handmade hooks and found objects to create erotically charged narratives that address the entanglement of desire, utility, and fantasy.”
Melissa’s work has been shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Her work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Orange County Art Museum. Her work was included in group show Unnatural Presence, Elles / Platform, and My Darkest LIght Will Shine at Platform where she has also had two solo shows. Melissa lives, works, and and teaches at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.