Melissa Dyanne Bartlett:

b. 1977 Seattle, WA

BFA University of Washington

MFA Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

I create work that revolves around the concepts of time, memory, sense of self, place and


Many of my narratives stem from everyday life fused with how I imagine situations,

places and people to be or how I remember them. I allow media to help “complete the

story” when I work, since painting and drawing has always been a very immediate and

open process for me. I also use a variety of tools, from oil paint, acrylic and spray paint

to mixed media collage, sculpture and film. I tend to look for what the art work needs,

and complete it based on that information. The ability to deconstruct and rediscover

each piece is also very important to me since it enhances the “memory” of the work


I have exhibited in multiple galleries and cultural institutions across the United States

including; Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Thompkins Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Dan

Graham Gallery, Los Angeles; JAG Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA; Fowler Arts, Brooklyn,

NY; Calico, Brooklyn, NY; Roos Arts, Rosendale, NY; Camden County College, Camden,

NJ; Helen S. Smith Gallery, Seattle, WA; Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA; and the

Gage Academy, Seattle, WA. I have also had my work featured in the film Explicit Ills

(dir. Mark Webber, prod. Jim Jarmusch), have done digital backgrounds, storyboards

and illustrate children’s books.