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Melanie Plus June Prints and Drawings

Chasing the Oracle, artist's book with four etchings/aquatints.
As a printmaker, I am oriented in my artwork toward the surprising, the accidental and the unreachable. My recent prints and artist's books offer episodic depictions of explorers pursuing mysterious and uncertain objects and destinations. In my books, the sequences of images are suggestive of a search for long-lost secrets, but presented in a way that resists easy or readily identifiable narrative structures. My artistic process is designed to build on the subtle workings of the unconscious and the power of widely shared myths and archetypes. My current projects express the childlike hope that secrets might be both mysterious and yet within our grasp, combined with an adult recognition of both the power and the artifice in the act of interpreting sequences of events and images.
My Teeny Tiny Ever-Shrinking Island, artist's book with five etchings/aquatints.


Bay Area Prints! 2019, The Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA

12th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition 2019, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT and Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT. Juried: Tomas Vu-Daniel, Artistic Director for LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University

Love, Negative Space Gallery at Dependable Letterpress, San Francisco, CA

Selected Recent Exhibitions


Oakland Print Show, Classic Cars West, Oakland, CA

Zine Mart III at Fleet Wood SF, San Francisco, CA

Into the Mystic, Gallery 305, San Francisco, CA

BIG INK, 3 Fish Studios, San Francisco, California

12th Annual California Centered: Printmaking Exhibition, Merced County Arts Council, Merced, California. Juried: Jamey Brzezinski, Professor at Merced College.

THEN AND NOW, Dependable Letterpress, San Francisco, California


Graphic Arts Workshop 65th Anniversary Show, Gallery 305, San Francisco, California

SF Zine Fest, County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Love is Still Here . . . , Gallery 305, Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, California

Up to the Moment, Gallery 305, San Francisco, California

By Way of Water, Pop-Up Exhibit & Aquatint + Chine Collé Demonstration, Gallery 305, San Francisco, California

First Friday, The Shop at Flywheel Press, San Mateo, California

A Conversation with our Archives, Gallery 305, San Francisco, California


San Francisco/Yokohama, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan & Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, California

Graphic Arts Workshop & Print Club of Rochester Portfolio Exchange, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) Lab Space, Rochester, New York & Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, California


Little Worlds Alchemy, Window Treat Gallery, San Francisco, California

Too Strange to Believe, Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, California


New Members Show, Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, California

Exquisite Corpse Art Collaboration, Arc Project Gallery, San Francisco, California

Prints from the Graphic Arts Workshop, Southern Graphics Council International, Alley Cat Books Gallery, San Francisco, California


Notre Dame de Namur University, Art Therapy Psychology Program, Belmont, California
M.A. in marriage and family therapy with a specialization in art therapy

University of Michigan, School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan
M.F.A. in printmaking and fibers

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, B.A. in studio art

Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB)
Mokuhanga workshop in Tokyo, Japan

University of Georgia, Lamarr Dodd School of Art
Summer fine arts study in Cortona, Ital

Mini-zines based on mandala drawing series:

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