Rachel Melis is an Assistant Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota. She received her BA at Grinnell College and her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books, prints and installations use letterpress-printed texts, carved textures, and vintage textiles to convey the processes of carrying and settling. She compares paper ephemera to natural objects and forces, such as seeds, streams, and fires that act as bearers of destruction or germination.
Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous venues including:
Making Books: Text/Context
Topic: Natural Ephemera and Paper
In Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Normal Editions Workshop 1976-2006:
Frontiers in Printmaking conference October 3, 4, & 5, 2007