Melika Abikenari

Class of 2021

Instagram: @mellikabi

Melika Abikenari is an Iranian interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working in Los Angeles and Detroit. Her main concern, both practical and theoretical, is the nature and function of memory, how it is constructed and reconstructed, which is to underscore its contingent and persisting character. She holds a BA from UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (2017) and is currently pursuing her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art (2021). She is a recent recipient of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Summer 2020 Scholarship Partnership Program, and Meredith Beau CAA ’97 and Scott Beau Materials Fund. Her work has been exhibited at PØST (Los Angeles, CA), The Main Museum (Los Angeles, CA), New Wight Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Noysky Projects (Los Angeles, CA), ARENA 1 Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and West LA College Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). She has worked on curatorial projects at Frogtown Photo Lab (Los Angeles, CA), Sculpture Gallery at Broad Art Center (Los Angeles, CA), and Trunk Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).