Melanie Bernier is a multidisciplinary artist living in the Boston area. Since receiving her BFA from MassArt’s Studio for Interrelated Media in 2008, she has continued to make compelling work using second-hand fibers, music, writing, performance, and aerobics. Her work explores themes of community, empowerment, the body, and the earth. DIY punk and feminist principles are deeply embedded in all of it - for better or worse.

Bernier is the front woman and founder of disco punk band Boston Cream. She performs regularly as a singer, actor, and Punk Rock Aerobics instructor. Trash is Tragic, her column about zero-waste living, is published monthly in the Boston Hassle and Counter Culture Compass.

Her work has been used to raise funds for NoDAPL, Planned Parenthood, Ladyfest Boston, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and Girls Rock Campaign Boston. Her non-profit work includes canvassing for marriage equality, working for artists with disabilities, and opening pathways to higher education for Boston Public School students.

She stopped making trash in 2013.

Photo: Madison McConkey