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Melissa Loney is an interdisciplinary artist from Omaha, NE (she/they, 1998) she received her BA in Studio Art from Hastings College in 2020 and is currently pursuing her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Arkansas. She exhibited work at ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, {9} Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska, In Passing New York City, New York, GHOST in Omaha, Nebraska, Stay Home Gallery in Paris, Tennessee, UNGRground in Grand Island, Nebraska, and Far x Wide in Brooklyn, New York. 

My art practice questions generational histories of making by interrogating the relationship between aesthetics, domesticity, and labor. Through repositioning practices of generational labor, I can expose the act of necessary making for the complex feminist relationships they hold. I am connected to this research's ability to build communal connections through making, which harkens to matriarchal work patterns and familial practices. My feelings toward this became a space for reconciling emotions, and further, the tension of capitalism’s exploitation of 'Labors of Care'—while also queering it. My practice seeks to be a meeting space for the community I want to protect by politicizing the facets of everyday life.