© 2019 Melissa Johnson Studio

Station

Introspection

Connection, interaction, and reflection. These are the themes I want my sculptures to provoke in the viewer. I would like the community to connect to each other, interact with the artwork, and reflect on themselves and their surroundings. Here, reflection has a dual meaning. It can mean contemplation or imitation. In this piece I utilize a mirrored surface to reflect the viewer and environment. Using these mirrors, I hope the viewer can take time for introspection of themselves. I use televisions in a collage style of sculpture asking the viewer to turn off their distractions and tune into the reality of their surroundings and lives.

"Sculpt EVV is a national juried outdoor sculpture exhibition that displays sculptures from all over the continental United States on approximately 2 ½ city blocks in Evansville’s Arts District."

I was commissioned to complete a piece for this sculpture park in January 2013. Only 10 artists were selected out of 120 entries by juror Lisa D. Freiman, the senior curator and chair of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and commissioner for the U.S. Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2010.