HomeRecent WorkMelody Oxarart

 5457 Eagles Point Circle
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Tel: 941-923-1704
e-mail: moxarart@comcast.net

Artist Statement
As a sculptor, I am interested in form and surface particularly, and have a great fondness for metal. I love its strength and the way it ages, or rusts – it bears witness to history. At the side of the road or in junk yards, my eyes are always searching for unusual pieces. A lifelong interest in the environment, and ‘creative reuse’ as a way of being kinder to Mother Earth, are also motivations.

Having a certain reverence for the mystery of how time, experiences, and DNA interact to make us what we are, I am moved to create new lives for these castoffs, hopefully giving them back a certain dignity or significance.

I enjoy using metal in non-traditional ways, to treat it like fabric, for instance, or to make something beautiful out of very prosaic ‘stuff’. I treasure the unexpected things that happen when making art, and attempt to allow them. Sculpting is a way of touching my own heart. It nourishes me; I also hope my work makes a connection with those who view it.

Exhibitions, Juried and Invitational

2014  Assemblage Gallery, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA, Thinking Inside the Box:
          An Homage to Louise Nevelson   
view exhibit
2011  EDGE, 'Can Do', Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA    view exhibit
2010  Big Arts, Sanibel, FL; Nancy Stair Karish Memorial award; Dan Welden, juror
2009  WCA, Gallery at Gulf and Pine, Ana Maria, FL Merit award
2009  FLAG exhibition @ Leepa-Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs, FL
         Awarded Benjamin Prize by juror Sam Gilliam
2008 Gallery at Gulf and Pine, WCA, Anna Maria, FL Merit award
2008 Arts Benicia , Edge, Benicia , CA   
view exhibit
2008 Longboat Key Art Center , Glen Gallery , solo show, Longboat Key, FL
2007 Selby Gallery, Florida Artists Group, Sarasota FL
2006 Selby Gallery, Women Contemporary Artists, Sarasota FL

2006 ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Remake/Remodel: Rebound. Studies in Transformation   view exhibit
Selby Gallery, Sarasota FL  
2005 Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota FL
2005 Out of the Ordinary, Sarasota, FL
2005 Project Creo, St. Petersburg FL
2005 Women Contemporary Artists, Sarasota FL
2005Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota FL
2004 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael CA
      view exhibit
2004 The Presidio, San Francisco CA
2004 Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda FL
2003 Art Works Downtown, San Rafael CA
2002 The Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz CA
2002 The Presidio, San Francisco CA
2001 Art Works Gallery, San Rafael CA
2000 Museum of Art & History, Redding CA
2000 Atrium Gallery 600 Townsend, San Francisco CA
1999 Fiberscene Website (International)
1999 Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA
1999 College Art Gallery, Kentfield CA
1999 Marin County Fair, Merit award
1999 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael CA
1999 Gallery Oboy, San Francisco CA (solo show)
1998 Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont CA (Cash award)
1997 Civic Center Gallery, San Rafael CA
1997 Downtown Art Center Gallery, San Rafael CA
1996 Artfibers Gallery, San Francisco CA
1995 Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol CA
1995 Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley CA

Downtown and Beyond
Sarasota Weekly
Pelican Press
Pacific Sun,
Marin Idependent Journal,
Surface Design
Redding Record Searchlight

College of Marin - Design, Drawing, Sculpture, Fiber Sculpture, Ceramics
Mendocino Art Center - various seminars
University of Southern California - Graduate courses, Linguistics
Washington University, St. Louis - B.S.Ed

Professional Associations
EDGE art group
Women Contemporary Artists
Friends of Fiber Art
Sarasota Arts Council
Sarasota Art Center











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