Melanie Parke

Dew- Solo Show of New Paintings
Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee
March 9-April 9, 2019

Nature Morte
Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
July 2019

Petal Power, Osilas Gallery, Concordia College
Curated by Bartholomew Bland and Patti O’Shaughnessy
Bronxville, NY
January - March 16, 2019

American Academy in Rome - Visiting Artist
November 2018

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
Novemeber 2018

Now & Then
Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL
September 2018

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Pastoral and bucolic still life settings emerge from my own life. I reconstruct familiar interiors and filter them through the ideology of memory. My subjects often center flowers, which bind me to friendships and the women in my life. I utilize sentiment to craft a domestic locus and seek visual lushness by alternating tonal moods and vivid ornamentation.

Painting is a pleasure seeking process for me and abstraction a vehicle with which to think and begin. I set up the space intuitively, in broad and textured gestures, then piece together arrangements to compose a homespun narrative. Specific interiors and landscapes are often implied. Shifting the emphasis to pattern, texture and tone, I work to destabilize notions of exacting representation. This is an effort to build on a sensation of memory which conjures both comfort and longing.