Melissa Kraft has exhibited her paintings and prints in numerous galleries, and has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards. She has had several solo shows in New York City and her work is permanently installed at the Legal Aid Society (NYC) and the Earlyworks Children's Museum (AL.) She has been in group shows across the United States, and in Canada, Ukraine and Poland.
Melissa Kraft studied art at Cooper Union, Parsons and Teachers College/Columbia University, from which she holds an MA in Art and Art Education. Her studio is in New York City, where she lives with her family.
My work shows abstract figures and landscapes inspired by dreams, by children's literature, and by the meaning of home.
The watercolor paintings, fiber constructions and collages integrate memory and imagination, creating elements of fantasy reflected in bright, saturated colors and shapes. The work is an interpretation of moments and places often inspired by the characters of fairy tales and by stories from around the world. The imagery of the paintings incorporates the figures, dreams, dwellings and landscapes described in those stories.
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