Melody J. Overstreet is an Iranian-American artist and educator that is interested in the microscopic and macroscopic details of our world, and how that informs our relationship to each other and to place. She double majored in Studio Art and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on Printmaking, Public Art, and Peace Studies. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China. Her work has been featured in publications inclusive of Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden, a space for cross-curricular engagement, the hands-on growing of food, seed saving, and community building.

Overstreet is based in Santa Cruz, California where she is a teacher of Book Arts, mentor to students and advisor to garden, environmental, and community involvement committees. She is a Master Gardener of California, and has worked with her students and colleagues to develop a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants for deepening consciousness of the ways in which plants and their pollinators are interwoven in and sustain our tenuous lives. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds. 

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Some more of my day-to-day projects can be viewed on Instagram.

For more information on prior exhibitions and work experience you can view my Resume.