Melanie Mills is an artist who works primarily in mixed media sculpture and collage. She has been a member of Art Rise since July 2015.
What inspires you?
My interest in psychology, human rights, metaphor and play on words are my main focus. I’m drawn to work that inspires me conceptually, aesthetically and emotionally, so I frequently relate more to art created by women.
What do you love about the Savannah art scene, and what might you change?
Exciting changes are happening after an infusion of artists decided to make Savannah home after studying here. This fresh energy has influenced not only community gallery and studio spaces, but the involvement of the Jepson and other non-profits to be more inclusive of local artists. I have lived in places where the visual arts were actively supported by the public and private sector. For every investment in the arts, communities benefit with quality of life and tourist growth. I would love to see the City of Savannah conceive of supporting the arts as an investment, rather than an indulgence.
How is Art Rise Savannah good for you?
I used to have to enter juried shows outside of the area to show my work. After moving to the area in 2006, I found very limited opportunities for quality contemporary themed gallery shows. Im thrilled ArtRise has created a noticeable presence in Savannah, representing different areas of the arts, juried shows in a larger space, and hosting benefits for progressive causes, such as Planned Parenthood.