Mel Trad (b. 1987) is a sculptor and installation artist born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Developing abstract relationships with found materials, wood, steel, and plaster, Trad redrafts the art object. Her arrangements function as objects of study, performing a spatial investigation into the visual nuances of the objective and non-objective, domesticity, and the history of classical modernism. Studying sculpture and photography, Trad received her B.A. of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 2009. She has presented her work at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, Pig Slop, and 1948 Cherokee, all in St. Louis; and at Under the Bridge Gallery and H. Kazan Gallery in Los Angeles.
(September 2011, Taken from Great Rivers Biennial 2012 Exhibition Announcement, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.)
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