Melissa Smedley is an artist, writer and educator currently based in Salinas, California. Whether designing public sculpture, inventing performances, blogging, video-making or teaching, her goal is to engage art through the performance of everyday life: to create, discover and transmit excellent art, in a variety of forms, while tuning in to the layers of a specific site.
“As public art practitioner, I create art for the situation: that is, a moment in time as it intersects with the substrata of a place and, while it passes through my own soul-eye-sponge”.
Smedley received her undergraduate education at Brown University, and her MFA at UCSD in 1993. In between, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Smedley has served as “lecturer” for the Visual and Public Art Department at CSUMB (Cal State Monterey Bay). While living in the San Diego area 1990- 2006, Smedley taught at UCSD and Southwestern College.
Since 2010, Smedley has been operating The Department of Homeland Inspiration: here, Smedley serves as the “The Art Ranger”, and talks about the discovery of art in daily life, curating “found art” images, as well as commenting on various absurd conditions of that surround us.
Funerals for Trees
More examples of her work history can be viewed at: www.melissasmedley.net