Melani Kane Brewer

Melani Kane Brewer

 

 

Artist Statement

Nature has always been an important theme in my artwork and my life.

Today, perhaps more than ever before, we are beginning to realize how

much the environment matters for the existence of Nature.

Climate change, global warming, our carbon footprint and extinction are all connected.  Over time I have addressed many of these issues in my artwork.

As a biologist, my greatest concern is endangered species and the dangers of extinction.  The loss of one species has profound consequences on the survival of another.  Earth’s own story is one of evolution and extinction.  Cataclysmic as well as tiny events have led to the deaths of millions of living things over time.  Yet life has persevered. We think we are immune to extinction. Without preserving our environment we risk that fate as well. We have the gift of reason and a great responsibility. We must become stewards of the earth and all its life forms.

She has recently begun creating political art with crows as her messengers. Our democracy is fragile. Elections matter, our rights matter and they can be lost far to easily.

Art can have a profound effect on the viewer.  My hope is that my art can make a difference in how the viewer responds to the issues we face. Imagine the world without them.

Now imagine what you can do to help.

Bio

Melani Brewer was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her degree is in Secondary Education, Biology.  She lives and has her studio in Cooper City, Florida.

Melani has been a studio fiber artist for twenty-nine years. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States.

Her award winning work has shown in numerous exhibitions including SAQA,

A. E. Backus Museum, Nature Conservancy Exhibitions, Art Quilts at the Whistler, Materials Hard and Soft, Aullwood Audubon Center and International Quilt Festival. She has also been the featured artist in Quilt Exhibits. She has had solo exhibitions at Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, Florida and Biscayne National Park in Homestead, Florida.

She is published in SAQA books 12-23, A Sense of Place, SAQA and Art Quilt Portfolio The Natural World Profiles of Major Artists, The Crow Show publications and Stitched Journeys with Birds by Martha Sielman.

Melani’s artwork is in private collections in the United States.

Professional Organizations: SAQA and Art Quilt Network and FAMA