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MELANIE PARKE & RICHARD KOOYMAN: NEW PAINTINGS
Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL
Flowers For Friends
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, CT
May 21 - July 3, 2022
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from INHABIT: MELANIE PARKE & AMBER GEORGE
September 9 - October 21, 2021
Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC in collaboration with Garvey Simon Art Projects NYC
THE STILL LIFES
Light is the main character in my work. I find magic in watching refractions move across a table holding just a few objects.
Composing a still life with the obvious identifiers - a bouquet, a bowl of fruit - what I want to give my viewer is that feeling of chasing light in a contemplative state of mind. I’m curious how light effects can make a chimera of things - a mutation - as if lifting the weight of what something is into something less knowable.
Cezanne’s idea of passing through objects is something I think about a lot. Even when the entire plane of one of my paintings is engaged in pattern, I’m going for the feeling of never-ending transparencies, passing through walls and hard surfaces, to keep the eye going, passing to the other side of a thing and to keep looking.
Interiors and garden motifs are reconstructed through ideology and memory, from halcyon days spent in island cottages and Roman villas. Flowers, which represent friendships and the women in my life, center most of my work. The presence of birds suggests curiosity and wonder, sometimes allegories of fragility, sometimes euphoria. I’m looking for visual lushness. By alternating tonal moods and vivid ornamentation I aim to convey sensations of consolation, longing and desire.