Melanie June Dorson

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SF OPEN STUDIOS
WEEKEND 3: POTRERO HILL
OCT 26-27, CENTRAL + EAST
Bay Printmakers
Big Daddy's Antiques, 1550 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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As a printmaker, I am oriented in my artwork toward the surprising, the transformative and the accidental. My most recent prints and artist books chart the course of explorers pursuing that which is hidden, secret and forever just out of reach. In my books, the sequences of images are suggestive of a search for long-lost secrets, but presented in a way that resists easy or readily identifiable narrative structures. My working process investigates the mysterious realms of the unconscious and the power of widely shared myths and archetypes. Each print begins as a scribble drawing within a circle (or mandala); I search for an image within the scribble that I develop into a completed drawing before transferring to a zinc plate for etching. My current projects express the childlike hope that secrets might be both mysterious and yet within our grasp, combined with an adult recognition of both the power and the artifice in the act of interpreting sequences of events and images.