Les Artistes

"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

 Born in 1968 in the USA.

Melissa Ichiuji makes figurative sculptures that are reminiscent of dolls. Each sculpture is sewn and assembled using a combination of natural and synthetic materials such as leather, latex, dried fruit, bones, human hair, fur and pantyhose. According to the artist, they are personifications of internal struggles that define the human condition. "I draw upon my background as a dancer and actor to animate the body in ways that reveal the subtext of the figures. My inspiration comes from my own experiences and those of people I know. Each work begins with a personal association and then expands to address a more universal theme often having to do with fantasies relating to power, sexual awakening, repressed anger and violence, and feelings of loss and mortality. My figures often appear to be at once infantile and aging both disconnected and active. They are struggling to make sense of the world and the conflicting messages found within it," explains Ichiuji.

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