Melissa Wang is a self-taught artist. She studied writing at the University of California, San Diego and received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Davis. She researched literature through the lens of race and gender as a PhD candidate at UC Davis before segueing into tech, where she designed visual content for companies like Facebook and Google. Since 2017, she has participated in group shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the US. Currently, she lives and works in San Francisco as a full-time artist and will attend the Pond Farm residency in April 2020.

Artist Statement: 
Melissa Wang creates large abstract paintings that explore nature, global migrations and human vulnerability. Her families’ transpacific journeys, their experiences in unfamiliar lands and recent political events inform her work. She spontaneously layers water and paint to simulate texture and depth, reflecting literal and figurative states of change. Bright, biomorphic shapes signify vulnerable bodies or landscapes, highlighting what’s at stake. Ultimately, her works are meditations on humans and events seemingly out of their control - and one’s agency in navigating an uncertain world.