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Melissa Nicholls

Melissa Nicholls has achieved a Master's Degree with Merit in Design and Applied Art at Wolverhampton University. Prior to that she completed skills training at The International Glass Centre in Brierley Hill where she developed hot glass and cold working techniques. In 2013 Melissa attended Pilchuck on a scholarship to develop caneworking skills from which her latest body of work stems.

"My work is an abstract representation of the mind and how it is affected by illness such as, dementia. I have been developing the use of caneworking techniques to incorporate twisting and cross hatched lines encased in a solid colour.
These symbolise the mind and the misfiring synapses of the brain which cause memories to become fractured and confused.
These fluid, folded pieces are cut and polished to reveal the chaos contained within the forms which is how I imagine the obscured memories to look.
I employ the use of stiff and soft colours to produce definate strong linear qualities and other which bleed and blur. "

The continuing development and progression of skills is something Melissa strongly believes in and her passion for this drives her to continue with her education. She is constantly striving to create pieces which intrigue and cause the viewer to ask questions. Her inspiration comes from her family, the relationship she had with her grandmother and the fragility of the mind.

In 2014/15 Melissa is an artist in residence at Dudley College where she is pursuing the caneworked forms and working along side students to give encouragement and guidance in the subject area.

In contrast to these elegant and monochromatic sculptures Melissa also enjoys making colourful and vibrant forms which are not as technically challenging yet still have great visual impact. She likes to combine bold, bright colours which are aesthetically stimulating.

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