S8, E3: Artist Derick Melander on getting unstuck

July 6, 2020

A visual artist hears an unbelievable family ghost story, is visited by a spectre of his own that very night, and is led to create a groundbreaking transitional work.

Derick Melander is a visual artist who creates artwork that examines the intersection between global consumerism and the intimate connection we have with what we wear. Derick creates large, geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. These works often take the form of columns, walls and enclosures, typically weighing between eight hundred pounds and two tons.

He recently completed commissions for The Chapman Perelman Foundation, Eileen Fisher, Diesel and Swire Properties in Hong Kong. He created special projects for Scope, Miami, The City of San Francisco, Columbia College, Chicago and The City of New York.

A COVID-19 Memorial

Derick Melander