An Interview with Mel Chin
Mel Chin's Operation Paydirt Aims to Gets the Lead Out of New Orleans' Inner City Neighborhoods.
(Cover story, January-February issue of Art Papers.)
By D. Eric Bookhardt
Mel Chin’s art defies easy classification. An amalgam of the scientific and poetic, his work has for decades addressed social and ecological concerns. Growing up in Houston, where he was born in 1951, he worked in his Chinese parent’s grocery store in a mostly African-American and Latino neighborhood, and began making art at an early age. As a mature artist he has undertaken projects with an activist edge designed to provoke greater social awareness on behalf of marginalized peoples here in America or abroad. He is especially concerned with the social and physical ecology of economically depressed areas and struggling inner-city neighborhoods.
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