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Contemporary​ ​artist,
Melissa​ ​Strawser,​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​Reading,​ ​Pennsylvania.​ ​​ ​Melissa’s​ ​art​ ​work is​ ​that​ ​of​ ​5th​ ​generation​ ​Artist​ ​influenced​ ​by​ ​a​ ​family​ ​of​ ​Pennsylvania​ ​Folk​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​inspired​ ​by ‘everyday​ ​as​ ​art,’​ ​open​ ​for​ ​interpretation​ ​which​ ​streams​ ​from​ ​memories,​ ​desires​ ​and​ ​dreams.  She is a proud mother to one daughter.

 

The​ ​collaboration​ ​of​ ​printmaking​ ​and​ ​sculpture​ ​is​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​her​ ​20​ ​year​ ​working-relationship with​ ​Val​ ​Bertoia.​

When​ ​Val​ ​asked​ ​her​ ​to​ ​etch​ ​a drawing​ ​onto​ ​his​ ​formed​ ​Bronze​ ​Gong​ ​she​ ​automatically​ ​drew​ ​from​ ​the​ ​center​ ​outward,​ ​a philosophy​ ​often​ ​used​ ​while​ ​working​ ​with​ ​metals,​ ​and​ ​apropo​ ​for​ ​Bertoia,​ ​her​ ​version​ ​of​ ​a Dandelion​ ​Puff​ ​seeded​ ​and​ ​emerged.
​​The​ ​etched​ ​bronze​ ​is​ ​sensitized​ ​for​ ​her​ ​creative​ ​versions of​ ​Bertoia​ ​symbols.​ ​​ ​4​ ​Artist​ ​Proof​ ​prints​ ​are​ ​pulled​ ​from​ ​each​ ​Gong​ ​and​ ​all​ ​inked​ ​differently. The​ ​sounding​ ​Gong​ ​by​ ​Val​ ​Bertoia​ ​and​ ​the​ ​etching​ ​and​ ​1st​ ​pulled​ ​Artist​ ​Proof​ ​print​ ​by​ ​Melissa Strawser​ ​is​ ​made​ ​available​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Diptych.

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Melissa Strawser & Val Bertoia Interview, Studio B, Boyertown, PA