ART THERAPISTS MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
Melissa Diaz's installation Growth Spurts is a playful exploration of inner and outer environments, based on the concept of spores growing and reshaping the space they inhabit. Akin to stalactites growing in a cave, these sculptural works represent consistent, gradual and repetitive growth. Conceptually, this work reflects how individual elements in a community can affect space, growth and development. Diaz utilizes pipe cleaners and other playful materials to engender curiosity, nostalgia, demystification of the artist, and art accessibility.
Also featured in the space is the artist's accompanying body of work, Rad Rocks. Made to mimic the appearance of crystals and rare stones, these works represent transitional objects and touch on Melissa's interest in crystal healing energy. "Transitional objects," as coined by psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott, refers to an object that exists in between inner and outer reality, subjective and objective experience. Like the transitional object, Melissa imbues these rocks with meaning/importance beyond the reality of their make up. The exhibition will culminate in a Rad Rocks workshop, inviting the viewer to interactively engage with the space, highlighting universalities, and forming a communal, transitional space.
Melissa will participate in an upcoming group show and panel discussion presented by Creative Arts Therapists of Color (CATS), an organization based in NYC. The exhibition and panel will explore the role Altruism plays within therapeutic practice, as related to identifying as a CAT of color.
Melissa's work appears in a juried art exhibition entitled "Hope", sponsored by The College of New Rochelle, Graduate School, Division of Professional & Fine Arts - at the Mooney Center Gallery. The reception was April 21, 2018.
She also has a show organized by Open House BK, it's the second edition of a previous benefit show for Puerto Rico, Relief II, in collaboration with creative arts therapy practice, NY Creative Arts Therapist, Art Spa, https://nycreativetherapists.com/. Proceeds of works sold goes towards continued hurricane Maria relief efforts.
Contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.