Melanie Parke


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

Pastoral and bucolic settings emerge from my own life. I reconstruct familiar interiors and gardens, filtering them through the ideology of memory. My subjects often center flowers, which represent for me friendships and the women in my life. The presence of birds suggests sentiments of longing, curiosity and wonder, sometimes allegory, sometimes euphoria. I 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.

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