“I am so excited to have larger sculptural work for our visitors to see and interact with these pieces,” said Alice Vogler, Boston Children’s Museum Arts Program Manager. “Playing with scale and the imagination is fun, and I can’t wait to see what our families discover in the work!”
Melanie Peterson has been creating anatomically inspired sculptural installations since 2007 upon her graduation from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Much of her inspiration is driven by textures and the process of creating, which often involves hours of small and contained repetitive actions. By breaking down the barrier between viewer and art, she creates environments that are supportive of hands-on, tactile exploration, wherein each participant's interaction contributes to the overall experience.
As a massage therapist and the manager of a local yoga studio, Peterson is very aware and captivated by the workings of our bodies. She has always been fascinated by microscopic images; she loves that, at first glance, they can be mistaken for some rare deep-sea creature, then morph into a distant celestial formation. For Intercellular, Melanie drew inspiration from images of fibroblast cells. She was intrigued by the fact that these cells are always present, working to repair, renew, and regenerate our bodies.
Over the past few years, Melanie has created new sculptural installations using the same collection of plastic over and over, adding more with each new piece. She has discovered that different plastics have varied lifetimes, though most have remained quite strong even after multiple uses. Melanie has an increased awareness for all of the plastic that passes through her hands on a daily basis. She imagines where each piece will end-up once it has served its intended purpose. It could be slowly breaking-down in a landfill, floating in a gyre in the ocean, melting in an incinerator, or ideally, being repurposed and recycled into another useful item. Her hope is that her sculptures will help heighten others’ awareness and possibly decrease the amount of plastic waste in our daily lives.
Special Event: Visiting Artist Workshop on Sunday, November 3. Melanie Peterson will conduct a workshop and share her art making process with Boston Children’s Museum visitors. Children can choose to take home their creations or add them to the gallery exhibit! Special guest Liz Laneri will be singing her educational song "Celltown" with her acoustic guitar. Workshops start at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Intercellular will be on display at Boston Children’s Museum’s Gallery through December 8, 2013.