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Mellon on Dance

From the time I began sculpting, some forty years ago, I’ve been intrigued with the challenge of revealing beauty while capturing balance and motion.  Some of my earliest choreographer-inspired dance bronzes, including Graham Contraction and Horton Balance Technique, addressed this challenge.  Other works explored the way dancers carry themselves dancing, while at rest, or while stretching, often in response to the previous rigorous pose.  I’ve been a close observer of dance, as Degas and Rodin were before me, and I often refer back to their works when conceiving or resolving my own.

Many of my dance bronzes celebrate the strength and independence I admire in contemporary women.  Over time the poses I’ve chosen have become more complex.  My use of gesture and anatomy has become more nuanced.  Each dancer’s portrait is meant to evoke the inner life of the dancer, and resonate with the dancer’s or choreographer’s intent.  When I speak with dancers and choreographers about their work and mine, we share much common ground.

New Balletic Sculptures

Photo © Johanna Weber
ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie admiring Hee Seo, Curtain Call
Photo © Johanna Weber
Photo © Johanna Weber
Marc with Hee Seo and legendary dancer, choreographer, and educator Jacques d'Amboise.
Marc and Hee with ABT Golden Circle Luncheon Honoree Pat Belote.
Photo © Johanna Weber
Photo © Johanna Weber
Hee Seo, Curtain Call Dance Bronze Hee Seo, Curtain Call Balletic Bronze

Hee Seo, Curtain Call
bronze, 24” high, edition of 12
Marc with in process plastaline model
ABT rehearsal space photographs as reference for sculpture

Hee Seo, Curtain Call Dance Sculpture

At the invitation of the Ballet Theatre Foundation, benefiting American Ballet Theatre,
Mellon displayed three new balletic bronzes at ABT’s Golden Circle Luncheon
May 24, 2016, at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center.

Each of these new limited edition works was created in collaboration with a dancer from
American Ballet Theatre. Together, the artist and individual dancer chose each pose.

Hee Seo, Curtain Call, developed with ABT principal dancer Hee Seo, projects the moment
after a successful performance when dancer and audience embrace in a moment of the sublime.

Cassandra Rising captures ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary’s strength and confidence.

Elina Arabesque, inspired by ABT corps de ballet member Elina Mietinnen, speaks to the dancer’s beautiful lines.

Hee Seo, Curtain Call Dance Bronze Hee Seo, Curtain Call Balletic Bronze
Photo © Johanna Weber
Photo © Johanna Weber

ABT Soloist Cassandra Trenary posing for Cassandra Rising
Mellon Studio, Redding, CT

Cassandra Rising
30" high Dance Sculpture, edition of 12

Photo © Johanna Weber
Kevin Mckenzie, Elina Miettinen, and ABT Charman of the Board Donald Kramer
Photo © Johanna Weber
Elina Arabesque Dance Bronze Elina Arabesque Dance Bronze

ABT Corps de Ballet member Elina Miettinen posing for Elina Arabesque
Bronze, edition of 12, 24" high

The Pas de Deux Series

My earliest Pas de Deux sculptures where created thirty years ago.  These past few years I’ve returned to the theme with a renewed passion and focus.  In the process I’ve produced a series of works that have both dancers and admirers of dance have embraced.  Each dancer brings years, or decades of training to what he or she does.  I strive to capture the dancer’s intent, and to elicit from the viewer something of the emotional response we feel when we view dancers dancing in performance.

Mellon and the models, dance student Margaux Amara and professional dancer Isaac Lerner with the in process mid-scale enlargements of Taking Flight and Aloft

Taking Flight
21" high
Dance Sculpture

Aloft
22.5" high
Dance Sculpture

Arch
15.5" high
Dance Sculpture

Aeneas
15" high
Dance Sculpture

Striding Dancer
20.5" high
Dance Sculpture

Catalina
24" high
Dance Sculpture

Balance and Beauty
23" high
Dance Sculpture

Bronze Dancer Bronze Dancer Figurative Dance Sculpture Kate in a Red Dress Bronze Dance Sculpture
Kate in a Red Dress Bronze Dance Sculpture Dancer Bronze Kate in a Red Dress Bronze Dance Sculpture

Kate in a Red Dress
24" high
Dance Sculpture

Spiralling Dancer Marc Mellon Spiralling Dancer Bronze Spiralling Dancer Dance Statue

Spiraling Dancer Sculpture
25" high
Dance Sculpture

Capturing Capturing with Marc

Capturing
Over-life size
Dance Sculptures

Rain
Rain Rain

Dance Sculpture Rain Dance Sculpture
25" high

Small Capturing
Lovers Dance

Lover's Dance
15" high
Dance Sculpture

Capturing
26" high
Dance Sculpture

Prancer
Wings
Dance!

Dance!
8" high
Sculpture of Dancer

Wings
9.5" high
Sculptures of Dancers

Prancer
13" high
Sculpture of Dancers

Honoring the Modern Dance World's Seminal Choreographers

Horton Balance Technique
15" high
Dance Sculptures

Graham Contraction
16" high
Dance Sculptures

Traveling Attitude
15" high
Dance Sculptures

Reaching
19" high
Dance Sculptures

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