About Melissa Strawser
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. The Bertoia Jr. Dandelion Gong Print is a pulled Artist Proof, an original Intaglio Print using Aquatint onto Bronze and printed on Hahnemuhle Paper using colored inks. The Bronze plate is a singing Bertoia Gong by 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.
Melissa Strawser holds a 1st Degree, MA Printmaking from The Slade School of Art, University College London and Magna Cum Laude BFA from William Paterson University where she mentored with Dr. David Shapiro (NYC). She has been awarded a print residency in Evora, Portugal in 2010. Melissa mentored with the late Slade Professor, Artist Friend and Printmaker, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos and worked alongside him during his retirement for 7 years in his Tavira Print Workshop in Portugal. She studied with Stanley Jones of Curwen Press, and worked with Robert Blackburn (NYC) and Dan Welden (Sag Harbor, NY), and Bill Ritchie (Seattle, WA). Melissa’s artwork has been exhibited in the US, Germany and Portugal. She is represented by Hartmut Berlinicke at Galeria Wildeshausen near Bremen and has print works in the Strang Print Room Collection in London and the Chemistry Department at UCL. Her print work most recently was included in Hartmut Berlinicke’s Collection for an established graphic museum in Germany. She has completed several large scale sculpture commissions for Creative Health Inc. and Schlouch Inc. She currently is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, working as an independent contractor with