Melissa Mencini | 2017 Host

I am interested in the subtlety within form, obvious function and the intimate moment of a pot being used. I prefer to make smaller objects that one would tend to hold close, increasing the users understanding and furthering the investigation of the form. The exploration of these concepts keeps me pushing the definition of my work.

Surface also plays a very important role for me. I like to play with images within popular culture to push the idea away from the familiar form to challenge the users expectations of visual and literal interaction of objects. I like for the surface to come alive through use and to watch as those discoveries are made. It all becomes very playful communication: almost a game of flirting between the form, surface and the user.

Jennifer Datchuk _ Justin Donofrio _ Kirk Jackson _ Ben Jordan _ Beth Lo _ Renee LoPresti _ Ryan McKerley _ Melissa Mencini _ Lisa Orr _ Scott Proctor _ Claudia Reese _ Matthew Schiemann _ Keith Simpson _ James Tingey

funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts