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Melissa Borman's [Re]collections & Earthly Artifacts


Melissa Borman, Portals, vintage wallpaper, 5”x7” c-prints, found frames, 2023
Melissa Borman, Portals, vintage wallpaper, 5”x7” c-prints, found frames, 2023

[Re]collections & Earthly Artifacts


Exhibition Dates: 04/07/23-04/30/23

Opening Reception & Book Launch: Friday 04/07/23 7-10 PM

Artist Talk: A Conversation with Paul Shambroom Thursday 04/13/23 at 7PM


Rosalux Gallery presents [Re]collections & Earthly Artifacts, a multi-media installation and corresponding artist book by Minneapolis-based artist, Melissa Borman. Using images, objects, text, and video Melissa’s work addresses the interconnected relationship embedded in using landscape elements as metaphors to depict human stories and how these depictions shape our ideas of our surroundings. Living in Hawaii until age eight, the sea - with its tension between beauty and danger, life and death- has been recurring imagery in Melissa’s work.


Several elements of the installation are inspired by her upbringing in a peripatetic military family and her drive to share stories her parents were denied opportunities to tell. Melissa's father was a closeted gay man in the military and her mother struggled with mental and physical illness for much of her life. She grew accustomed to the need to acclimate herself to new places through repeated cross-country relocations along with ever-changing family dynamics.


In addition to introducing new works, [Re]collections & Earthly Artifacts revisits previously overlooked objects, images, and ideas from abandoned and unfinished projects spanning two decades of Melissa’s practice. Drawing inspiration from film, poetry, literature, and the natural world, the installation consists of deeply personal and vulnerable expressions of memory, grief, loss, and resilience.


Inquiries: contact melissa@melissaborman.com

Gallery Hours: The gallery is open on Saturdays & Sundays from 12-4 PM and by appointment. The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.

Location: Rosalux is located at 315 West 48th Street in Minneapolis


Melissa Borman, Detail from Troubled Waters, dimensions variable, archival pigment print, 2020
Melissa Borman, Detail from Troubled Waters, dimensions variable, archival pigment print, 2020





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