Melissa Walter (b. 1976 -) is a San Diego contemporary, abstract artist of geometric shapes in balance, often mimicking the structures of astrophysical objects. Her work is characterized by line, symmetry, and an obsessive dot-work shading technique.
After graduating with a BFA, cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, Walter worked as a graphic designer, social media administrator, and science illustrator for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Recently, she stepped away from the first two responsibilities to dedicate more time to her personal artwork. However, she also continues to be a science illustrator for various NASA missions, illustrating the wonders of the Universe such as black holes, supernovas, and neutron stars.
Currently, she is the artist in residence at Bread & Salt in San Diego where she has been visualizing dark matter and the phenomenon surrounding this galactic mystery. Her pieces have also recently exhibited at the Torrance Museum of Art, Thumbprint Gallery, A Ship in the Woods, and San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. You can now see Walter’s installation and 2D work in the gallery at the San Diego International Airport, for their “Intergalactic Dreaming” exhibit on view through 2017.
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