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Melis Agabigum
Visiting Assistant Professor of 3D Fabrication/Metals

Melis Agabigum is an educator and studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation Art, Sculpture and Fibers. Melis received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan. In addition to her personal practice, she has worked as a studio assistant to metalsmith Arline Fisch at Penland School of Craft. She has taught Jewelry, Sculpture and 3D Fabrication courses at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University and San Francisco State University.

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 48

Phone
765-983-1345

E-mail

Office
234 Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Website
Website Link

Programs/Departments

  • Art

Degrees

  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • B.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Selected Courses:

ART 220 Introduction to Metals & 3D Fabrication

ART 320 Advanced Metals & 3D Fabrication

ART 420 Metals III

ART 421 Metals IV

Provoked by an interest in material fiction, my work examines loss, repetition, and the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. My soft sculptures explore the unseen tether of the physical and emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies, and space. My work has been shown at the national and international level in shows such as: Metallophone: Bonds: Lithuania; Jewelry and Cinema in Porto, Portugal; Athens Jewelry Week, in Athens, Greece; and Collectiva: Meeting in Portugal.

My work examines loss, repetition, and the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. I create soft sculptures to explore the unseen tether of the physical and emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies, and space. Through the traditional “woman’s craft/art” of crochet, I discuss taboo subjects of abuse, burden, and desire in my metal work. I combine textile techniques with metal to transform the material of metal (normally seen as a “hard” material) into what is perceived as a “soft” object. I incorporate traditional and non-traditional elements of silicone rubber, hair, waxed cotton, and enamel to further alter the way that we perceive objects and the relationships that draw and repel us from immersing in an experience.

I enjoy reading and writing articles as a contributor to Art Jewelry Forum.

https://artjewelryforum.org/authors/melis-agabigum

Art Jewelry Forum

College Art Association (CAA)

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

Ethical Metalsmiths

KLIMT.02

I love sitting down in my studio and working on my personal art work while listening to a great audiobook and drinking a scalding hot cup of coffee.

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