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Join artist Melanie Daniel as she discusses her Michigan Artist Series exhibition at GRAM, Only Four Degrees.
Daniel’s fear for humankind’s relationship with the natural world has fueled the paintings and works on view in the exhibition. In these recent large-scale paintings, works on paper, and ceramics, Daniel imagines a world at the brink of collapse by our chronic, longstanding disregard for its well-being. The people who populate her rich narrative pictures are painfully aware of their difficult circumstances and have adopted various methods to cope with their new surroundings.
Melanie Daniel was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She exhibits her art internationally, recently in exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Sweden. Among her recent awards are a Pollock-Krasner Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and in 2009 Daniel was awarded a solo exhibition for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Artist. She is currently the Padnos Distinguished Visiting Artist/Professor at Grand Valley State University, where she teaches a course in advanced painting.
[Photo: Melanie Daniel (Canadian, b. 1972). Sharing (detail), 2018. Oil on canvas, 44 x 40 inches. Image courtesy of the Artist.]