Artist Feature

Melissa Dettloff’s work often begins in drawing and ends in screen printing, which she practices daily as a co-owner of Ocelot Print Shop, a community screen printing shop in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. 

Ahead of her art-making demonstrations at the DIA on Sep 8 & 9, Dettloff sat down and answered a few questions for us about her art and what we should expect.


DIA: When did you first know you wanted to be an artist? 

MD: My mom knew before I did -- when I was drawing all the time as a kid, she saw something in the drawings and enrolled me in afterschool drawing lessons. 

DIA: How would you describe your art to others? 

MD: On the surface, it looks fun and lighthearted, but there's often some sense of anxiety underneath it that I am either trying to work out or avoid.

DIA: Why do you make art? 

MD: I enjoy the opportunity to get lost in the process of it. 

DIA: What piece of the DIA's collection stands out to you? 

MD: I love "Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart" by Florine Stettheimer! I also like wandering around the Ancient Art section. 

DIA: What can visitors to your artist demonstration look forward to? 

MD: They can look forward to learning how the screen printing process works and how drawing can be a nice complement to that process, and making some fun prints!

DIA: What's your favorite place to go in Detroit? 

MD: Belle Isle!

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