Melis Agabigum is an educator and studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation art, Sculpture, and Fibers, and received her BFA in Art&Design from the University of Michigan. In addition to her personal practice, she has worked as a studio assistant to metalsmith Arline Fisch, and sculptor William Dennisuk. She has taught Jewelry, Sculpture, and 3D Fabrication courses at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University, San Francisco State University, and is the area head of Jewelry & 3D Fabrication at Earlham College.
Provoked by an interest in material fiction, Melis’ work examines loss, repetition, and 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. Her work has been shown at the national and international level in shows such as: Metallophone: Bonds: Lithuania; Jewelry and Cinema in Porto, Portugal; #StickitSNAGPlatforma Gallery Boston, MA; and Resolutely Ambiguousat the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently, Melis’ work has been shown in a 2 person show in Athens, Greece.