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Melissa Marks | Volitia Returns   

November 12 ‒ December 9, 2017

Planthouse is pleased to present Volitia Returns.

Modeled after the warrior-princess’s secret plant room in Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 anime, Nausicaä ‒Of the Valley of the Wind, the wall-drawing at Planthouse proposes growth where there should be none, demonstrating an adaptive response to an inhospitable environment and tainted ecosystem. Nausicaä, Miyazaki’s forthright hero, is a gifted communicator, acting on behalf of every flawed creature, human, bug, flower, boy, man, woman, child, warrior, King and Queen. Her plant room expresses an inventor’s instinct for survival and hard-won hope for the future. 

Melissa Marks received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University. Solo exhibitions include: Planthouse Gallery, NY; Bloomberg Space, London; Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT and Joya: arte + ecología, Cortijada Los Gazquez, Spain. Her work has been included in exhibitions at PS1/Moma, NY; Artspace, CT and The Drawing Center, NY.

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