Derick Melander creates clothing sculptures that explore the intersection between global consumerism and the intimate relationship we have with what we wear.

Recent commissions include projects for The Chapman Perelman Foundation, Eileen Fisher, Diesel and Swire Properties, Hong Kong.


The Making of “A Cloud Reveals the Moon”, 2018

Derick’s most recent works are made from second-hand clothing, sourced from specific locations and populations. He gathers enormous amounts of clothing, sorts it, folds it and stacks it into geometric configurations. In doing so, he symbolically brings these populations together, creating unity and beauty from what is discarded. In a sense, these works are collective portraits. Derick celebrates and honors both the individual and the community in each work he creates.

The overall shape is that of a thick, free-standing, corner partition. The color vertically transitions from dark to light and the back again. Inside the corner of the structure, shirt sleeves, pant legs, ties etc.. emerge to form bridge-like appendages. These elements express the human need to make connections, and symbolize the idea that we are all one people.
Hard at work this past weekend, preparing a new commission for Diesel. The work will be exhibited in Paris at the YIA art fair, coinciding with FIAC. The fair is at the Carreau du Temple, a beautiful space in the Marais.