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Daniel Melo

San Francisco, California

Artist Statement

As a Latinx artist, I investigate embedded malleability within language, meaning, and sound. In response to these elements, I engage both dissonance and a willingness in each; a transformative potential. Experiencing in-betweenness having grown up Colombian-American in Kentucky, my most recent works are a response to the architectural and historical space in which I’ve my studio; a former U.S. military ammunition storage facility adjacent to a former U.S. nuclear missile site. I’ve been absorbing the dark history embedded within the historical and architectural space leading me to think about mortality, the military’s capacity to decide the value of another’s life, and the institution’s lack of transparency.

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Daniel Melo's Portfolio

Daniel Melo, Installation 1, Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space July 2018, Images on Cotton Paper, 43”x58” each, 2018
Daniel Melo, Installation 3, Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space July 2018, Images on Cotton Paper, 43”x58” each, 2018
Daniel Melo, Installation 2, Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space July 2018, Images on Cotton Paper, 43”x58” each, 2018
Daniel Melo, Probablemente en llamas, Image on Cotton Paper, 43”x58”, 2018
Daniel Melo, Installation 4, Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space July 2018, Images on Cotton Paper, 43”x58” each, 2018
Daniel Melo, Nette, Image on Cotton Paper, 43”x58”, 2018
Daniel Melo, Ni siquiera dejaste, Image on Cotton Paper, 43”x58”, 2018
Daniel Melo, Vol III, Image on Cotton Paper, 43”x58”, 2018

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Artist Biography

Daniel Melo is an artist and musician based in San Francisco. Melo earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College. Upon completion of the MFA, he received the 2015 New Genres Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the San Francisco Art Institute returning shortly thereafter to Buenos Aires to participate in a residency and two exhibitions. Melo has shown in New York, San Francisco’s SF Camerawork and the University of San Francisco, and Buenos Aires’ Mite and Big Sur. Currently, he’s editing a series of essays on Venezuelan immigration into Colombia written by the assistant attorney general of Colombia. Melo is in his third year as an artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County, California.

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