Melissa Oresky examines plants and ideas of plantlikeness as models for her process, and as the subject of her works in painting, collage, and video. Over the last two decades, she has had solo exhibitions at The Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN; and Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. She has participated in group exhibitions at galleries including OQBO, Berlin, Germany; Massey University, Wellington, NZ; Soloway, Brooklyn, NY; TSA New York, Brooklyn, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY, 65GRAND, Chicago, IL; Devening Projects, Chicago, IL; SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; and many others. Artist’s residences include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Schloss Pluschow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany; and the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. Oresky has a BFA from the School of the Art institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Illinois State University, where she has taught since 2002.
Oresky also has conducted two previous versions of Collage on Demand, in 2013 at The Franklin, and in 2017 at University Galleries, Illinois State University as part of Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson’s exhibition “Subdivision.” In Collage on Demand, Oresky makes work for gallery visitors, offering donations made in exchange to benefit various causes, including the Letha Rodman-Melchior cancer fund, and various environmental and social justice charities.
As an offshoot of Collage on Demand, Collage Office provides a structure for other artists to similarly participate with gallery visitors, temporarily reframing their work and studio practices within an alternative, gift based economy.
Melissa worked in Collage Office on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
View the work she created below.