Bio of Melissa Clark
I was born in Utah, but I grew up in Nevada and California. As I was growing up I was surrounded by fine art. The walls of our home were covered with original artwork. My grandfather, Calvin Fletcher, was the head of the art department at Utah University in the early half of the twentieth century. I spent many hours studying his work and that of his wife, Irene. As artists, they were not afraid to try new ways of interpreting the world around them. My father is also an artist. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in classical civilizations where I learned to love the art and craftsmanship of the ancients. Eight years ago, I discovered scherenschitte or paper cutting. I felt drawn immediately to the bold shapes and lines of the art that reminded me of ancient Greek pottery. I find it a stimulating challenge to reduce images to their simplest black and white shapes while maintaining their familiarity.
Juried Art Shows 2008-2009 Zion National Park: A Century of Sanctuary. St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah 2008 "Showing Off Utah Artists" Fall Art Show. Utah County Art Gallery, Provo, Utah
Awards 2008 Honorable Mention. "Showing Off Utah Artists" Fall Art Show. Utah County Art Gallery, Provo, Utah