I am influenced by landscapes of all sorts. When given the opportunity to create a work with a seemingly unlimited supply of condoms, it seemed natural to think about the landscapes that may be created through a sexual encounter. Intrigued by the translucency of the condoms, I decided to leave them in their natural state and infuse color through the zip ties and fabric. Over 6,000 condoms and 12,000 zip ties were used to create ‘Tent.’
Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for over 15 years, she is a Plaid Tuba Affiliate and is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI. Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Select exhibitions include: Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Abstraction: The Language of Art, Cedarburg Cultural Center; Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery; and Impromptu, Cedar Gallery.