My work repurposes magazine pages in order to isolate symbolic meaning and strengthen aesthetic elements. Images originally born from our hyper-commercialized society are reclaimed, interwoven, re-contextualized and secured with archival quality acrylic gel medium–creating a meticulous new meaning. Drawing from the traditions of narrative and allegory in classical painting, political propaganda and religious iconography, it attempts to provide an account of the present tense through a retooled assessment of our supersaturated visual vocabulary. By utilizing design elements to assess both instant and long term psychological effects of exposure to media sign inundation, the work is an examination of subconscious image recognition, as well as an identification of the benefactors of such a system. Playful at times, this anthropological quality cooks up its own theories on literal associative understanding. These completely reborn images explore how memories and specifically visual associations sway the emphasis of meaning in storytelling.
Over the past several years Ms. Staser-Meltzer has exhibited widely across the United States including in Direct Art Magazine and exhibitions juried by Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator/Director of Programs & Collections, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive; Anita Shapolsky, Owner of the Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, New York; Kenneth Baker, Art Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle; Rebecca Morse, Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; artist Robbie Conal and artist Kris Kuksi. Ms. Staser-Meltzer’s work was shown in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC)’s “Color” exhibition juried by Brooke Kamin Rapaport. In 2013, she was chosen to be part of the 2013 BAYVAN (Bay Area Visual Arts Network) and she exhibited work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Recent shows include “Cultural Guerrillas” at Hudson Guild in New York, “Return to Splendour” at Theatre Delicatessen in London, “Collage @ (SCENE)” at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, Michigan–juried by Michelle Word, Interim Director of Education at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, and “Fusion” at Arc Gallery in San Francisco. Ms. Staser-Meltzer’s latest exhibitions include a solo show at Era Art Bar and Lounge in Oakland, California on exhibition April-June, 2017; and a solo exhibition from September 2017-January 2018 at Hermosa Salon in Berkeley, California.