I find beauty in unexpected places. As a "hacker" I take things apart and re-purpose them in cool new ways. I transform "e-waste"- discarded electronics and outdated computer components into dynamic compositions that combine 2D color and pattern with 3D abstract forms. My work touches upon issues of intimacy, excess, ecology and raising awareness. My work has been described as being ”structural poetry.”
Growing up, my Dad worked at Raytheon (1960-90) and brought home outdated equipment that was being thrown out. I never opened a computer until I joined The Artisan’s Asylum, maker space in Somerville MA in 2012. Since that time I have learned a great deal about the abundance of outdated technology and the toll it is taking on the world because manufacturers do not take responsibility for the full lifecycle of their products.
There's an element of chance in my work since my materials are given to me and because each series of computer I open is different. It’s like a treasure hunt. I know immediately if a piece is visually interesting or not (unless I’m in an indecisive mood). The visual excitement when a particular shape just POPS when in relation to a particular color or pattern is thrilling.
I weave in my background and love of Modernism by appropriating imagery from the past. Originally I built upon a surface made from old letters, post cards and other personal items that romantic people accumulate. Currently I incorporate digital imagery (mine, Modern Art, random print) which I alter with Photoshop. The compositions place shapes of disassembled technology in relationship with abstract imagery with contrast, balance and repetition and suggest a connection or equivalence.
I grew up going to DeCordova summer camp where my creativity was always encouraged. At the age of ten I saw the Acropolis in Athens and knew I would be studying Art History when I went to college. Between visiting galleries and museums in NYC while at SUNY Purchase and a year in Paris, I developed my aesthetic sense and became focused on contemporary art. After 5 years of doing administrative work at the ICA, I enrolled at Mass College of Art and earned a Masters in Art Education. I have run educational programs at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts. Once I got out of the office and starting making art, I taught at Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts, Parts & Crafts. I offer workshops to people of all ages at the Artisan’s Asylum and at various community events.
Melissa Glick finds beauty in unexpected places. As a "hacker" she takes things apart and re-purposes them in cool new ways. She transforms "e-waste"- discarded electronics and outdated computer components into dynamic compositions within assemblage, jewelry, mosaics and clocks. She creates a "conversation" between 2D text and images and 3D forms by incorporating the glut of obsolete technology with artifacts from her personal life. Her work grapples with the environmental impact of our technological lifestyle and our emotional attachments to "things" that represent and validate who we are.
She has a Masters in Art Education from Mass College of Art and a BA from SUNY Purchase and has run educational programs at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts, Watertown Arsenal Center for the Arts, Parts & Crafts and at various community events.
Hacker Creations can be found locally at these fine establishments:
Uni-T Natick Mall, 2nd floor across from Neiman Marcus
Blue Cloud Gallery 713 Broadway (Ball Square) Somerville, MA 02144
Boutique Fabulous 1309 Cambridge St Cambridge (Inman Sq)