Melis Agabigum is an educator and studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA in 2016 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 Sculpture, 2D, and 3D studio courses at the University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as working as an Adjunct in the Art Metals program at Boise State University in Idaho. Currently, she is the Sculpture & Expanded Practice, Digital Media & Electronic Technology, and Textiles technician at San Francisco State University.
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; #StickitSNAG Platforma Gallery Boston, MA; and Resolutely Ambiguous at the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN.