Melanie Parke combines textured surfaces and brilliant colors to create abstracted, dynamic vistas and still lifes. Finding the balance between spontaneity and control, observation and experimentation, she investigates the dynamic properties of abstraction, reference and memory. Intuitive and sophisticated, this series of work expresses the joy of summer. Melanie Parke received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and has work in numerous public collections.
“Rural settings and table top arrangements emerge from my own life. Through memory and mash-up, I reconstruct the ideology of lush and leisurely surroundings. Flowers are an icon to friendships and the women in my life, and I look for ways to pair that sentiment with references to texture, textiles and temperate landscapes. Specific interiors and terrain are often implied. Shifting the emphasis to form, pattern and tone, I work to destabilize notions of representation. This is an effort to trigger memories while unmooring them at the same time.” ….Melanie Parke