Melinda Tidwell is a collage artist and instructor with an interest in discarded books. Tidwell’s collages are shown in yearly gallery exhibitions, international art fairs, and are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States. Her work is currently represented by galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Sun Valley, and Santa Fe. Melinda teaches collage workshops from her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and at other venues around the country.
My work begins with the formal aspects of design and the balance of visual elements in composition. Using parts from a variety of books, I focus on the juxtaposition and coherence of color, pattern, placement and size.
My background in mathematics, computer graphics, and design has lead to a certain comfort with geometric arrangements. But this rational foundation quickly gives way to what is not rational: the way colors activate each other, how size and position muddle or enhance visual unity, the simple grace of worn and tattered surfaces.
I find discarded books a particularly rich collage material, both for their physical properties and the context they come from. I love the foxed pages, how covers fade and fray, and the paperbacks grow scored with folds. But then there are the components of language: typography, words, sentences, diagrams, pictures that bring meaning with them. Cut away from their original context, they operate as texture and shape, and also as a kind of code, or pieces of memory. The abstraction of this information into bits of non-sense, hopes to tease the viewer into that wilder land of free association and one’s own imagination. This peculiar sensation of a world slightly askew, is something I really enjoy.
2016 Returning to the Present, Nisa Touchon Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Melinda Tidwell Recent Works, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2014 Melinda Tidwell, Zinc Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 Small Is The New Big, Nisa Touchon Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2015 ArtMRKT San Francisco, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2015 Group Show, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2015 Order and Chaos, Vivo Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Excavations, Vivo Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA
2014 ArtMRKT San Francisco, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2013 Collage III, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2013 Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA
2013 Between The Lines, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Summer In South Park, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA
2012 ArtMRKT San Francisco, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Altered Book Show, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
2010 The Big Deal Visual Aid, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Private & Public Collections
Nordstrom Inc., US locations
Twitter Inc., San Francisco, CA
Star Hotels, Sydney, AUS
Bonfire Labs, San Francisco, CA