Melanie Teresa Bohrer grew up in Munich, Germany. She received her MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and previously her BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Chicago.
As a German artist, she explores ideas of national, inherited trauma, and how physical objects, function as markers, monuments or memorials, to remind us of our past and promote collective healing. As a multilingual, she struggles with ideas of translation, and turns to visual language and object making to express the emotional implications of living between continents and customs. She grapples with the gap that exists not only between generations, but also between every single individual. Her work makes physical an intersection: the fine thread weaving between yin and yang, the ocean parting the old from the new.
Most recently, she exhibited work in Peoria, IL through the Prairie Center of Arts Residency, and at the Sullivan Galleries (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). She has work in the Joan Flash Artist Books Collection (Chicago, IL), and was the featured artist in “Sitting Between Chairs,” issue 9 of the Harlequin Creature artist book (NY, NY). In 2017, her work will be published in an edition of Hand Papermaking Magazine, titled “Paper in Textiles,” and she has been invited as an Artist in Residence to the Fish Factory Creative Center in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland.