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Artist Melanie Parke: Strength in Creation, Me Too & Activism in the Arts

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Melanie Parke is a painter with an extensive exhibition record and an incredible eye which has resulted in not only making amazing work but also a solid and inspirational curatorial resume. She created The Provincial, an artist-run project space & curatorial program committed to camaraderie and intellectual verve. Her and her husband, the painter Richard Kooyman, are devoted to supporting artists in new and experimental work. They believe experiencing artist-driven endeavors is to glimpse the heart of raw creativity and it is regenerative to community, culture, and humanity. They champion friendship, collaboration, and highly curated shows throughout the year. Small gatherings, performances and community events accompany each artistic production. Existing between private, public and online spaces, they welcome artists, guest curators, friends and curious visitors with rural hospitality.

In this episode we talk about:

22:00 Growing up in an idyllic setting

24:00 Overcoming abuse with art

28:00 Going to art school

35:00 Landscape painting vs going into the studio

36:00 Moving to Michigan, waiting tables and painting nature

39:00 Air and light in her work

39:51 Hans Hoffman

42: 20 Susanna Coffey

46:15 The process of her day

48:43 The Provencial

51:08 Julie Torres

1 hour 7: Books

1hr 10 :Advice and Feminist Bussiness School



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