"Starke chooses to work with a limited palette in both her paintings and sculpture to emphasize the cohesiveness of the various shapes and textures. Her work has a layered, built upon quality creating a series of complex relationships throughout the surfaces. Her paintings integrate recycled elements from her previously discarded efforts which have been cut up to become the building materials for new work, along with string, brown paper and anything that fulfills the tactile assertion of her surfaces."
"Her recent sculpture embodies the process of extracting painful memories or vexing moments through externalizing them into a three dimensional form. Significant of these sculptures is the presence of raw compartments, some open, some closed and sometimes stuffed with debris or other material. These serve as metaphorical storage spaces, where one filters the over flow of emotional baggage, putting it aside to move forward or to simply move it out of the way for the moment."
Melissa Starke was raised in Long Branch, NJ. She holds the positions of Department Coordinator for the Fine Arts Department at FIT as well as Project Coordinator for the art collective, Urban Studio. She has an AA in Business Administration and a BFA in Fine Arts. She has exhibited her paintings and sculpture in various New York City venues and has facilitated large scale public art installations for a number of art fairs during Art Basel Miami for the past eight consecutive years.