1989-1993 BA Liberal Arts Knox College Galesburg IL


Exhibitions & Festivals

March 9-10 Hunt and Gather Market Crownpoint IN

May 18-19 Broad Ripple Art Fair Indianapolis Center of Art

May 26-27 Barrington Arts Feast Barrington IL 


Melissa Zeigler Monroe

Born in Galesburg, Il 

Lives & works in Mokena, IL 

The appeal of working in clay is that you can mold it, fire it and turn it into something that is permanent. I make a representation of a flower and freeze it in time. When I create a flower in clay, I am not trying to make a real flower. I am sculpting the feeling of a flower. It is something playful, beautiful and abstract. I love sculpting different variations of nature including women. I love creating vases of women with full and wild hair. The women's faces give subtle cues to mood and feeling. The hair shows the thoughts and interior spirit of the woman in each sculpture. It is the wild hair and spirit of these pieces that I hope connects with people on an emotional level.  

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