Wild Roses Bloom, 2016
Go Green: Safer Intaglio / August 1 – 6, 2021
Printmaking processes have historically been an integral part of fabric design and other textile applications as well as used for illustrations and fine art. My latest work involves the combination of printmaking, installation, crochet, and sewing. This is a new direction in my work inspired by 19th century Danish painter Johan Laurents Jensen and 17th century Flemish painter Daniel Seghers. Both of these artists explore flowers as their main subject matter for their paintings. Their use of luscious and ornate flower garlands and still life compositions inspire my use of more simplified flower prints and crochet flowers.
Melissa Harshman received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1992. She has taught in the Printmaking and Book Arts Department at the Lamar Dodd School of Art since 1993. Harshman has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. She was honored with the Dedicato a Cortona Award in April of 2017 from the University of Georgia. In 2018 Harshman was awarded a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Research Fellowship also from the University of Georgia. She was awarded a UGA Senior Faculty Research Grant in 2019 titled “Explorations in Papermaking”. Recent exhibitions include “Press Here” at the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA and “Press +” at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. She presented papers at the Impact International Printmaking Conference in Spain in 2018 and the SECAC Conference in Knoxville in 2019. Her work can be seen at http://melissaharshman.com.