Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Collective Portrait - The art of Derick Melander

“Derick Melander surprises with a stunning circular sculpture made of stacks of folded secondhand clothing. It raises, in my mind, all kinds of questions about affluence, idealism, social mobility – the kind of things that clothes signify in our culture.”
-Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, January 1, 2006

Derick Melander is a modern day storyteller without words. His work asks questions and set forth answers which each viewer discovers in themselves.
I have been having an inner dialogue about the difference between art and craft. I feel that I as an artists am working from the inside out and as a craftsman from the outside in. How utterly amazing is the fact that this idea is so easily explain by one glimpse of Derick's piece "Into the Fold". Derick reopens old and created new concepts of our society with the use of discarded clothing. The outcome is an expansion of personal and societal dialogues.


  1. Wow, this is inspiring, especially for me right now, because I can't let go from sari ribbon right now. Thxs for sharing, Stefanie

  2. These are very interesting sculptures that make use of something that we, in the USA, have an abundance of. It seems that we are a little too willing to throw clothing away as fashions change. Am I right or wrong?