BareBones 2020 · OFFERINGS: Artists Respond to the Mourning, Grieving and Fires on Lake Street

Kallie Melvin

Garden of Grief and Loss

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Garden of Grief and Loss is an installation of many flowers, which the artist, Kallie Melvin crafted out of found objects, handwritten text, lighting and fabric.

photos: Paul Irmiter, except where noted.

For the recent OFFERINGS: BareBones Live Pop-ups, Garden of Grief and Loss was installed jointly with the sculpture, Chrysal-Us, created by artist Laura Kornyta in the Tamales y Bicicletas Urban Farm near Lake St. on Oct. 31. After Halloween, Kallie’s flowers came in from the cold and had been displayed in the window of the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre on Lake St. through Nov. 7, 2020.

About the Artist

Kallie Melvin is a puppeteer and teaching and performing artist. Several of the places she has worked with include Monkeybear Harmolodics Workshop, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre, Z Puppets I, Puppet Lab, and Weisman Art Museum. She is also the Acting Regional Director of Puppeteers of America Great Plains. She uses her original puppetry work as a means to tell stories and explore her experiences as an intercontinental transracial adoptee growing up in the Twin Cities. The themes of grief and loss have played a large part in their work, and became an opportunity to bring in other stories and voices into their BareBones installation.