June 2, 2019

Melissa Rocklen

Posted in 2016, 2017, 2018, Participating Artists, Sculpture

Melissa Rocklen

Mobiles are the perfect intersection of art, problem-solving, and psychology. Designing mobiles means thinking about color and form. Constructing mobiles means figuring out how to balance each branch so that the movement is fluid and the elements interact with one another. Presenting mobiles to you, the audience, means watching you respond to them. For both adults and children, mobiles are calming. They mesmerize us, letting us step away from everyday chaos. 

I am an artist and therapist who loves working through puzzles. Mobiles fascinate me for a number of reasons: their unpredictable movements, the way they play with light and shadow, and how they entice people to interact with them. To make each mobile, I use cold- and hot-working techniques to shape metal, polymer clay, paper, glass beads, and metals.