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Melita Westerlund

Melita Westerlund

Born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. Her studies began in Tunisia where she attended L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts. Then, returning to Helsinki to attend the free art school and the University of Arts and Design where she received her undergraduate degree.

Melita lived and created her art on three continents, Finland, Africa and the USA where she earned an MFA in sculpture from SUNY Buffalo.

In 1982 she moved with her family to Bar Harbor where she continues to create her art. Over the many years Melita has been exploring the interrelationship between color and form. The shapes she creates and the colors she uses have been inspired by a combination of her American and African experiences and her Finnish background.

These polyglot influences combine to create a unique sculptural style that is fluid, organic and imaginative. Her sculpture ranges in size from tabletop pieces to building sized commissions.

While her early focus was figurative, her work evolved over time to a more abstract and complex style that she is currently known for. She is constantly exploring materials and challenging herself in the development of her art. Some of her more recent works are in recycled fiber and natural elements.

In addition to her studio work she has completed many public and private commissions.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New England, New York, Finland and Kenya.
The sculpture is in constant transition. Not in its physical shape but in its relationship to the site and climate. The elements and their interplay is accented by light and shadow. The color and texture modifies over time with the effects of moisture and sunlight. While the general perception of aluminum as solid and unchanging, while Melita sees it as an evolving material showing both its strength and its age. The color and textural changes make the sculpture into living forms.

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