Category Archives: MELINDA K.P. STEES

GRANDAUGHTER / GRANDAD [2018, each 31″ x 24″] My dad is a potter. So is my daughter. These pieces—which can be displayed separately but are really meant to hang together—are continuations of my “Handwork Project” and they focus on hands … Continue reading

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HOW MUCH HIGHER? (2018) 77″ x 24″ HOW MUCH HIGHER? shows a father and child confronting a wall that grows ever higher–indeed, the upper portion of the wall has been added only recently, and had to be made as a separate … Continue reading

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How will YOU take a stand? (Unexpected 3D #1) (2018) 24″ x 43″ How will YOU take a stand? asks what groups YOU most identify with. Be careful, though–your chosen group may have a “darker” side. (Or even a “yellower” side.) … Continue reading

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FORT GAY HIGH SCHOOL, circa 1940 (2018) 47″ x 24″ FORT GAY HIGH SCHOOL, circa 1940 was made for a fund-raising raffle to be held in 2018-2019 by the Fort Gay (West Virginia) High School Alumni Association. The proceeds will support scholarships … Continue reading

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WE WILL GROW STRONGER AT THE TORN PLACES (RESIST) (2018) 47″ x 24″ WE WILL GROW STRONGER AT THE TORN PLACES (RESIST) is more than just an image of a torn, tattered, strangely remade flag, and more than just a … Continue reading

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NO WAY TO STOP A WOLF (2018) 24″ x 36″ NO WAY TO STOP A WOLF demonstrates that even the bucolic countryside has a darker side. The meadow is not nearly as peaceful as it seems. Wolves lurk everywhere—don’t they? … Continue reading

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THE START OF IT ALL (2018) 24″ x 33″ Knitting starts with yarn, and a needle. Soon you’ll need another needle, of course, but you have to start by getting the yarn onto one of them. Knitters will recognize this … Continue reading

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st = px (2018) 24″ x 29″ The fundamental principle behind my manipulation of images, and their presentation in knitted yarn, is that one stitch = one pixel. A knitted stitch (st) is much larger than a printed pixel (px), … Continue reading

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YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO (2018) 24″ x 41″ Generally the title of a piece offers my only opportunity to connect words to it permanently, words that I can be sure anyone who looks at the piece will read. The … Continue reading

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BLUE RIDGE (2018) 24″ x 44″ This piece was inspired by a photograph taken by my dad, John F. Plymale, at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia. If you ever find yourself at latitude 37.523400, longitude -80.994, look around and … Continue reading

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MINIMAL ME (2017) 24″ x 33″ This work in black and white is an updated version of one of my earliest portraits, and tests my ability to portray a whole person with limited materials: — in yarn, a rather blunt … Continue reading

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WINTER NIGHT, STARLIGHT BRIGHT (2017) 24″ x 34″

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ROBBIE (2017) 24″ x 34″

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JENNY (2017) 24″ x 34″

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MACK AND KATE (2017) 25″ X 40″  

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BERLIN (A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE, IN HALFTONE (2017) 24″ X 24″ I visited Berlin for the first time in the fall of 2014, just before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The weather was cold, … Continue reading

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IN THE MIRROR (ALL I SEE IS ME) (2017) 24″ X 45″ Knitters sometimes hide behind their yarn. They focus on their knitting to avoid confrontations with people, and to protect their privacy; when you’re looking down at your hands, … Continue reading

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LAST MEMORY OF BELA (2017) 25″ x 37″ This piece captures the last connection between BELA, age 23, and a member of his beloved human family. They exemplify for me the complex, life-long connection possible between animals and the people … Continue reading

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Eclipse (feat. Bats!) (2017) 24″ x 37″ We traveled to Kentucky with an old friend to see the total solar eclipse this year. We had been warned that we might encounter traffic jams (possibly starting an entire state away from … Continue reading

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SILVER IS ONLY BLACK AND WHITE (2017) 25″ x 35″ With my artworks I seek to demonstrate that few things in the real world are quite as they appear. I use layers of surprising contradictions and juxtapositions to fill my … Continue reading

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LINE DANCE AT METAPHASE (2017) 24″ x 32.5″ METAPHASE is the moment in cell division when a cell has doubled but not yet split into two. Here a photomicrograph of rabbit chromosomes, lined up for one last dance with their … Continue reading

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CYMBELLA TRIPTYCH (2017) 24″ x 93″ Cymbella Triptych is a microbiological portrait, a dramatic presentation of a tiny living organism called a diatom. It is knitted from cotton yarn in dark brown and deep yellow colors, and its three parts … Continue reading

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HOLLY (2017) 24″ x 39″

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GUINNESS (2017) 24″ x 39″

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BROTHERS (2016) 25″ x 50″

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LUCKY (2014) 25″ x 32″

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KENNEDY (2017) 25″ x 29″ This work was based on a photo used with kind permission of Michelle Jones at MichelleJonesPhotography.com.

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K’S BABIES (2016) 21″ x 31″

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HAZEL (2015) 21″ x 29″

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NOT SHOWN ON FRONT PORTFOLIO PAGE MINIMAL ME (2015) 25″ x 35″

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BARRY BLOGS (2015) 25″ x 33″

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SAMMY (2017) 25″ x 33″ SAMMY is Everycat. He loves us, but thinks we’re slightly ridiculous. He needs us, but tries not to let on. He thinks deep thoughts while staring at the wall. His paws are soft, and chasing … Continue reading

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CHARLOTTE (2017) 25″ x 43″ CHARLOTTE was the Forever Dog I waited 35 years for. Her sweet Lassie-like face always drew attention, and she turned all who met her not into “dog people,” but into “Charlotte people.” She could become … Continue reading

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AROMA (2017) 25″ x 50″ This work seeks to evoke the warm, buttery-bitter scent of freshly roasted coffee beans for the viewer. Perfectly browned, shiny with aromatic oil, they should make you want a cup, right now! The piece’s large … Continue reading

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SEE (2018) 24″ x 35″ This is where artwork begins—not on a canvas, not on a sketchpad, not even on a computer. It starts with what I SEE, with what only I see, with what only my eye can see. … Continue reading

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CURLICUBE (2016) 25″ x 38″ There’s a hidden autostereogram image in this piece! View it on a phone, tablet or computer screen and unfocus your eyes, and see if you can find it. Here’s a hint: Background tile purchased from … Continue reading

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FUNKY CHICKEN (2016) 25″ x 37″ This work was adapted from a photo taken by Ian Carroll, and is used under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license, the terms of which may be found in detail here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode and in … Continue reading

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BEYOND THE RED (2015) 25″ x 41″ Based on an image found online at:  http://www.freedivecanada.com/comp/disciplines.html  Permission for use requested but original photographer could not be located. Photo was significantly manipulated before use.  

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