Barbara Melnik Carson
When Women Were Birds
Barbara Melnik Carson is a narrative sculptor, working to create art that starts a conversation. Her passion for creating began in childhood growing up in Southwest Detroit. With limited art resources, in her early work she improvised using objects found in her neighborhood. Religious and ethnic themes grow naturally from that past environment. She has been an exhibiting artist since 2001. After a career working as an occupational therapist she continues to emerge as an artist. Working with intuitive and outsider artists during her career in mental health provided a creative surge. Today, her sculptural clay and mixed media works grow from personal insights linked to broader issues.