Melissa Webb

Class of 2021

Instagram: @melissa.m.webb

My work is multi-disciplinary, traversing the terrains of fiber art, performance, installation, photography, and video while incorporating an improvisational response to materials, people, and space both analog and digital. Layering accumulations of handmade textiles and textures that mimic natural forms and hold a history of care, I collaborate with the deceased… making and unmaking vintage doilies and trimmings made with an intention to saturate, obscure, soften, and protect the hard angles and surfaces of the domestic space. I covet, collect, and combine, applying traditional fiber processes such as immersion dyeing, crochet, and surface embellishment. Detailed, immersive scenarios emerge wherein participants are sometimes encouraged to intervene, resulting in the creation of material residues and images. Within my practice I dissect romanticized diametrical metonymies of utopian and dystopian landscapes, while imagining a less human-centered future where we learn to thrive in symbiosis with the natural world. As a maker I want to engage, however abstractly, in a revisualization of human trajectory – a counter to the spectre of infinitely accelerating industrial growth and subsequent environmental collapse and a hopeful projection of a reclamation of the earth by wildness.