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Artist Melis Ababigum Featured in Founders' Gallery

Melis Agabigum is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her MFA in 2016 from UWM in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation Art, Sculpture and Fibers. Melis received her BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan in 2013. Her experiences as an artist and educator range from serving as an Instructor of Record in 2D and 3D, as well as serving as a studio assistant to Metalsmith Arline Fisch at the Penland School of Craft in 2014. 

Provoked by an interest in material fiction, Melis’ work examines the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. Her soft sculptures explore the unseen tether of the physical and emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies and space. She is the sister of Tower Hill choir director Zerrin Martin, and her show is on view through early October.