Melissa Meier: Becoming Nature

Melissa Meier: Becoming Nature

March 11–june 25, 2023

Curated By Kate Stern

“I'm continuously inspired by the beauty of the organic materials I use–the colors, textures, patterns and shapes–and it’s this sense of naturalistic wonder that drives my creative process. Whether I’m working with grains of rice, stalks of lavender, or pine cones, I find each and every wearable construction to be uniquely moving. It’s as if I’ve become a part of the material, taking on a meditative state as I repurpose what is already incredibly beautiful in its own right. My goal is for my audience to take on this same sense of wonder as they look at familiar, natural objects in unfamiliar ways. I want viewers to experience nature through a new lens - and to become a part of it.” 

–Melissa Meier

Becoming Nature showcases artworks in both their 3-dimensional forms as well as large scale photography.

Melissa Meier: Becoming Nature, installed at Oceanside Museum of Art

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Celebrate with us on March 18, 2023


Visit the artist's website and Instagram page.

If you would like to learn more about the artwork, including if the artist has work available to purchase, please email


We are grateful to title sponsor Robin J. Lipman for her support

About the Curator

As a contemporary art curator living  in Los Angeles, Kate Stern conceptualizes and executes large-scale public art installations as well as museum and gallery exhibitions. Raised within a family of writers and artists -creativity is housed in her genes. For the past twenty years, Kate has been fully immersed in a myriad of facets within the contemporary art world including curation, leading art tours locally and in Cuba as well as working with collectors as an art consultant.

Through the strong relationships she has formed with prominent and emerging artists, museum directors, gallerists, city officials and arts councils, her projects lend a compelling balance of  sophistication and play.

Artwork pictured at the top of the page: Melissa Meier, Sea Shells (detail), 2019. Construction created with Sea Shells, modeled by Sofia Macdonald.

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