Melanie Parke

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New: The DOMUS Series, works on paper
During the uncertainty of the Covid-19 Pandemic, I began a new series of gouache on paper, titled DOMUS. Domus means House in Italian, in particular the Imperial style homes of the second century BC, like what we see in Pompeii and Herculaneum with courtyard gardens and frescoed interiors.

I love how working on paper feels so vital and immediate, free from the labor and time intensity of working in oil. This is just what I needed to restart my image making process after weeks absorbed in uncertainty and loss.

Gouache is a water based medium much like watercolor but packed with more pigment and opacity. The fluidity of it allows me to move through new ideas quickly.

The Domus Series is a way to re-think about our own domestic situation where we find ourselves during this moment. Missing bodies, skin, and human touch, I am exploring ideas of longing and desire. Also weighing heavily on my mind is thinking about the continued dire hazards women face in this predicament of staying home, which is often not safe. A re-imagining of safe space feels necessary. Populated with female bodies, wild animals, birds and flowers, I am setting up protected places for the imagination, for women and for pleasure. See the category Works on Paper for this series.

a floral group show with Stanley Bielen, Anne Blair Brown, Kathleen Jones
& Melanie Parke
Meyer Vogl Gallery, Charleston, SC
Opening November 6, 2020

Artists Spotlight with designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room
July 2020…

Interview with Chicago Classic Magaine
July 2020…

Interview with I LIKE YOUR WORK Podcast
Talking with Erika B. Hess
I Like Your Work Podcast

I'm in a book ! - Eraser, Volume 1
published by Brian Edmonds at Curating Contemporary
with artists: Susan Carr, Ellen Siebers, Sabine Tress, Mandy Lyn Ford, & Valerie Brennan
and wIth interviews by Catherine Haggarty, Christina Renfer Vogel, Dana-Marie Lemmer, Brianna Bass, Amelia Briggs, & Jodi Hays; poem by Alexis Christakes.
Eraser Vol 1 Preview

The Still Lifes
Light, or the illusion of it, is the main character in my work. It can be very magical to watch refractions move on a table holding just a few objects. I compose a still life with the obvious identifiers - a bouquet, a bowl of fruit - but what I want to give my viewer is that feeling of chasing light in a calm 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 filtered and reconstructed through an ideology of 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 sentiments of curiosity and wonder, sometimes allegory, sometimes euphoria. I seek visual lushness by alternating tonal moods with vivid ornamentation building on sensations of comfort, longing and desire.