Melanie Stevens | If You're Watching This It's Too Late | Russo Lee Gallery | Installation View 01

If You're Watching This It's Too Late

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

Melanie Stevens | If You're Watching This It's Too Late | Russo Lee Gallery | Installation View 02

If You're Watching This It's Too Late

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

Melanie Stevens | If You're Watching This It's Too Late | Russo Lee Gallery | Installation View 03

If You're Watching This It's Too Late

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

Melanie Stevens | If You're Watching This It's Too Late | Russo Lee Gallery | Installation View 04

If You're Watching This It's Too Late (detail)

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

Melanie Stevens | If You're Watching This It's Too Late | Russo Lee Gallery | Installation View 05

If You're Watching This It's Too Late (detail)

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

If You're Watching This It's Too Late (detail)

2016-2018 (ongoing)

copper etching and silkscreen on fabric

4 x 110 feet

Press Release

On View by Melanie Stevens presents the fifth iteration of If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late. This multi-media work combines copper etchings of images ripped from popular news media, then screen printed onto fabrics. The installation as a whole is both a nod to the editorial illustration often found in newsprint, as well as a call and response to daily current events as they were happening in the moment. This work began in 2016 and has shown four times in Portland, with a new section added each time. The installation currently extends to over one hundred feet.

Melanie Stevens investigates the reinforcement of societal power structures, specifically the narratives centering on people of the African diaspora. Her work juxtaposes a reimagined version while encouraging opportunities for meditation and discourse. She holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from PNCA.