Through the process of daily observation and material experimentation I create abstract sculpture and installations by cutting, throwing, stacking, slip casting and assembling multiple forms. I am seduced by porcelain’s raw malleability and astonished by its transformation from wet lump to fragile jewel-like object in the heat of the kiln. Soft clay hardens, metal slumps, combustible substances burn away and surfaces erode.
I create poetic statements and conversations using a visual language of line, volume and shadow. The shifting vocabulary of materials, and the creation of unexpected juxtapositions between objects is intriguing to me. The display and reframing of things into ordered visual systems and topographies is central in my work. A jumble of rocks in a stone wall, the geometry of bricks in a building, a pattern of cracks in the sidewalk, the undulating view of a distant urban skyline, or a single object rising on the horizon are my visual and mental references. Landscapes become abstracted, reduced, reimagined. Stories and relationships emerge for the viewer to discern.
Melissa Weber was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in New York City. She received her MFA from the Ceramics Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was awarded the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She holds an AAS in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design and earned a BA in English Literature from Duke University. She has been an instructor of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Indiana Northwest, and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.