Melissa Wagner

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(415) 279-0077

1890 Bryant Street Studios
1890 Bryant Street Room #317
San Francisco, CA 94110

With a background in scientific illustration, Melissa Wagner's work uses a variety of methods and media to engage the natural world and illuminate its earthly remnants. A disparate falling of leaves, scattered branches, crushed shells, and dried ferns, emerge from a paintings surface to create organic three-dimensional works that incorporate intense color, texture, and a perpetually changing surface. Through her work, Melissa strives to examine and magnify the disguised processes that envelope the living world while addressing issues concerning reproduction and the environment. Mixing the products of nature themselves with glossy synthetic resin coats, Melissa playfully composes her vision of a world that harnesses natural subjects to construct new models where art, earth, science, and wonder intersect. Melissa draws he inspiration from her love of nature and extensive local and global travels. Originally from Detroit, Melissa has spent the past 19 years in San Francisco. Her work has been shown in galleries, restaurants, corporate offices, clubs, and retail stores which include Volta, Delarosa and Belga in San Francisco, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, SOMArts, Secession Gallery and Wells Fargo, and is part of collections in Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, and extensively throughout the United States. Melissa has been participating in San Francisco Open Studios for the past sixteen years.