The Covid-19 Pandemic is tragic on so many levels. When I learned that those infected and hospitalized were being separated from their loved ones, potentially dying among strangers, I felt a profound sense of grief. And as the pandemic progresses, seeing how it has disproportionally affected communities of color has shed new light on inequality and systemic racism.
In response to the Covid-19 tragedy, I’d like to create a memorial that is compassionate, inclusive & participatory. The memorial will offer a place for healing and introspection, to process our personal and collective loss, to honor and release those who have died.
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I am honored to be featured in a recent issue of Selvedge Magazine with a thoughtful essay written by Laura Gray. She writes:
“Wherever they are found, these sculptures have a monumentality that is two-fold, because while they tower above the viewer, the garments hold memories. In selecting second-hand clothing as his material for making art, Melander has made a critical decision about how this chosen material conveys the connection of memory to feeling.”
When my dear friend, Julie Weprin decided to close her restaurant, “Jack”, her loyal patron Margaret Chan chose to adopt the enormous mural I had created for the dining room.
I was thrilled to see the work find a new home but had no idea it would end up in the chambers of an acting NYS Supreme Court Judge.
“I, my staff, and all those who come into my courtroom always take a moment to appreciate the artwork and enjoy the simple beauty and serenity it exudes” – Margaret Chan
Margaret is scheduled to move to new chambers in the fall. I look forward to re-installing the piece when the building reopens.