Melanie Teresa Bohrer grew up in Munich, Germany. She received her MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and previously her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently co-owns and co-runs Candor Arts, a publishing company based in Chicago, IL that specializes in handmade artists books.
My work exists in the in-between spaces: the interstice that divides generations, the breath that separates my body from yours.
I am fascinated by ideas of national, inherited trauma, as well as how history and organized social structures shape and impact our contemporary lives. Physical objects, such as markers, monuments or memorials, as well as ritualistic practices and religious garments that veil the human form, inform my research greatly. I wonder about their impact and presence, and if they function to remind us of our past and promote collective healing, or instead propagate false ideals.
As a multilingual, I explore ideas of translation, and turn to bookmaking in the expanded field, as well as fibers, to express the emotional implications of living between continents and customs. Both books as well as cloth haptically relate to the hands and body, and function as vessels of inherited information. They are the connective tissue between us all.
I spend a lot of time thinking about:
HOW DO WE CONNECT ACROSS IDENTITIES, LANGUAGES AND OTHER IMPOSED BOUNDARIES?
PROXEMICS OF CRISIS
MOURNING / LOSS
THE PHYSICS OF MORTALITY
THE SPACE BETWEEN
JOINING EMOTIONAL WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
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