2009 and the beginning of 2010 has been a year of study and exploration. I have done a bit of the “after art school pilgrimage” to art hot spots to see some of the ideas that are circulating out in the art world, and I have traveled a bit locally to try a few new techniques (at least to me) – like painting outside. I have taken what I have learned from art school, (with a grain of salt!) and have plugged away in the studio to discover what it is that I really want get out of my art. Naturally, I haven’t found it yet…nor do I expect to find out soon – if ever. But this is encouraging! I consider this to be my unyielding ambition to learn and grow with my work. I have unearthed questions and problems that I want to solve through my work, and I’m sure that as I tackle and answer them, more will pop up in their place.
Right now I am interested in working with line, colour and finding the balance between representational and non representational forms. My goal is to learn and work with these core aspects of my art without getting too tangled up with the representations they can portray. My work is not about ‘getting it.’ When I exhibit my work I want to encourage the viewer to have their own personal experience, but also to guide the viewer so they can appreciate the process in which the art is made.
Melanie is practicing artist living and working in Calgary, with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her Passion has always been for the arts, and spends most of her time in the studio working on her latest creations.