Melis Agabigum, MFA

Visiting assistant professor of 3D fabrication/metals

Email:[email protected]

Department: Art

Location: Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Room 234
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374

About me

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

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.

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.

Visit my website to view my work.


  • MFA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • BFA., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional memberships

Scholarly interest

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.

Published works

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