May 26, 2018

“Pièces Uniques” New Sculptures by Melissa Ichiuji

I hope you are having a wonderful Spring!!

With great excitement and joy, I cordially invite you to my upcoming exhibition “Pièces Uniques” at Galerie Sophie Scheidecker in Paris, opening May 31, 2018.

This collection is very special to me because, in addition to the textile and assemblage sculptures I am known for, I will be debuting several new works in ceramic.

Below you will find a press release for the exhibition.

I hope to see you at the opening!

If you are unable to attend in person, a beautiful exhibition catalogue is available on my website!

Collector inquiries please contact Galerie Sophie Scheidecker directly.

With Kindest Regards,

Melissa

Melissa Ichiuji


“Pièces Uniques” New Sculptures by Melissa Ichiuji

Galerie Sophie Scheidecker invites you to enter the singular universe of American artist Melissa Ichiuji. A universe shaped since her childhood, which she has since invaded with her sculptures: dolls of hand-stitched fabric. Elegant, colorful or dark, in balance, contorted, sad, naive, they can embody danger, love, passion, sensuality, eroticism, fear, horror. Made of vintage fabric and found objects: wood, pearls, crystals, furs, these dolls, childhood memories, become sculptures.

Unique pieces, these dolls are staged and articulated by the artist to question, denounce, tell. If Melissa Ichiuji is best known for her fabric sculptures, she also explores a different technique for this new exhibition: ceramics and gives a new dimension to her sculptures by playing on the ambivalence of strength and fragility.

Femininity and sexuality are at the center of Melissa Ichiuji’s Work. By giving her sculptures assumed postures and sexual attributes, the artist transforms these vulnerable objects into powerful characters through which she addresses social and psychological issues. Thus, if these works attract by their elegance and their colors, they can also revulse by the taboos that they reveal. Moreover, as in her previous work, the body is always at the center of her thinking. This artist deals with the body and the gesture in a very personal way. A professional dancer, Melissa Ichiuji keeps track of the physical experience of her profession and makes her sculptures undergo the same rigor and the same tests required in ballet. Playing with the body movements of her faceless dolls, the artist manages to give them an almost theatrical expressiveness.

Through the creation of her intimate and personal sculptures, Melissa Ichuji continues her exploration of themes related to ecstasy, metamorphosis and transcendence. The juxtaposition of soft shapes, hard surfaces and bright colors plays with the attraction and repulsion of psychological tension. By staging these sculptures, hybrid figures at once human, animal and plant, we invite you to come to the gallery Sophie Scheidecker to soak up their soul and imagine their story.


Ghost 2018 Ceramic


The Nursery 2018 Mixed media


Prodigal Son 2018 Ceramic


Combre’ 2018 Mixed media


Eleve’ 2018 Mixed media


The Mark 2018 Ceramic