A personal exercise in a time of transition. I am concerned with connecting to life through photography, words, nature, and cultivation. While photography is my primary medium, I find a freedom in the idea that photography is just a tool for communication, so the work here will not be limited to only photos but rather a conglomeration of visual or written work. A journal if you will. A diary. A record of time.

Chasing Home | Opens April 28 | 2 - 4 PM

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Main Street Projects is pleased to present Chasing Home, a solo exhibition and coinciding photobook which debuts a new series of black and white photographs from Texas artist Melissa Laree Cunningham. A public reception for the artist and book release will be hosted on April 28, 2019, 2 - 4 PM in the Mid Main Lofts building at 3550 Main Street in Midtown, Houston.

Chasing Home considers the basic human need for connection, in both space and community, through black and white imagery that is simultaneously lush and distant. Primarily autobiographical and lyrical in nature, the images show a rotating cast of characters and spaces found in the sub-tropical climate of Houston from 2015-2018, during a time of the artist’s search for and reclamation of a personal definition of home. Melissa began loosely photographing for this project in the summer of 2015, soon after she and her daughter moved back to Houston after a ten-year hiatus from the city. 

The mother and daughter duo lived with family for a few months, moved in and out of two older apartments, and bought and sold a small 1940s house, all before June 2018.  A defined sense of home often requires a hint of stability, but Chasing Home, ratheris a reflection on those few years of the artist's life which was marked by cyclical stages of distance and closeness and developed a sense of home out of the moving parts.

Main Street Projects is an artist-run organization in Houston which has hosts local, national and international artists to date. Founded in 2012, this artists' initiative brings art into urban surroundings, visually engaging the street and the pedestrian. Main Street Projects endeavors to improve the public's accessibility to contemporary art, to beautify and repurpose unused spaces, and to provide support that enables artists to directly impact and shape their community.

Main Street Projects is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts Inc., a non-profit arts service organization.

Melissa Laree Cunningham