These great photos by Melissa Webb show the beginnings of her piece on location for the upcoming exhibit Clermont Forum II, opening to the public April 12th and running until May 31. This exhibit is curated by the Rotating History Project in partnership with the Clermont Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Melissa has this to say about these images: “This bridal gown from the 1940s was worn by Caroline Williams, the mother of Elizabeth Williams, the last living inhabitant, who began the Clermont preservation foundation prior to her death. I have connected intensely with this garment, and have adorned it with many pieces of antique lace found on the site. I am currently working with a funerary garment of equal elegance and detail, adding delicate black trimmings and jet beading also found on site.”
In addition Melissa has created beautiful documentation of Clermont through her photographs at the artist open house. These are collected on one of the many awesome albums on her flicker site.
Melissa Webb is a Baltimore-based fiber artist working in the areas of costume, performance, site-specific installation, and large-scale interactive environments. After receiving a degree in Fiber Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1996, Melissa spent a decade building and designing costumes for professional theatres in the Baltimore / DC area, and has continued to utilize those skills for her own performative endeavors. Melissa serves as adjunct faculty for the Fiber department at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and teaches Stage Production at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned the honor of becoming a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-finalist in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and recently received a Robert Rauschenberg Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant through School 33 Art Center. Her site-specific performance, “Below Street Level” was part of the Rotating History Project’s 2012 exhibition, “Down Through the Needle’s Eye”, which reflected on the history of Baltimore’s erstwhile garment district. Melissa’s costumes, environments, and performance efforts, both solo and collaborative, have been featured at venues such as School 33 Art Center, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Gallery Imperato, The Creative Alliance, The 14 Karat Cabaret, The EMP Collective, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Theatre Project, and at art festivals such as Transmodern, The Philadelphia Fringe, and Baltimore’s Artscape.