About Melanie Dorson
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As a printmaker, I am oriented in my artwork toward the surprising, the accidental and the unreachable. My recent prints offer episodic depictions of explorers pursuing mysterious and uncertain objects and destinations. My working process is designed to build on the subtle workings of the unconscious and the power of widely shared myths and archetypes. Each print begins as a scribble drawing within a circle (or mandala); I search for an image within the scribble that I develop into a completed drawing before transferring to a zinc plate for etching. My current projects express the childlike hope that secrets might be both mysterious and yet within our grasp, combined with an adult recognition of both the power and the artifice in the act of interpreting sequences of events and images.