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Melisa Taylor Metzger
Cascadia 8 (tondo round grid art deco painting abstract wood geometric)

2021

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"The seismology of cantilevered hearts, Cascadia 8" explores a singular and cohesive orchestration of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of blur, repetition and mark-making derived from the pictorial works of artists Jack Whitten, Sterling Ruby and Gerhard Richter. This complex but ethereal painting solicits our visual perception by suggesting a discoverable lattice; gestural motifs seem to emerge out of an optically intricate grid. The color palette in this piece is deep fushia with cobalt blue, sienna gold, green and pink highlights. The tondo panel is 1 inch thick with a circular frame on the back. This artwork has clean natural wood edges and comes ready to hang. Keywords: pyrography, sanding, materiality, electric tools, soft, blurred, complex, hard-edged, dynamism, line, form and color, multilayered, Multichromatic, geometry, grid, atmospheric, optical, Abstract, Minimalism, Modern, Abstract Expressionism, Spray Paint, Acrylic, Wood, stencil, op art, contemporary gestural abstraction , stripes, repetition, linear grid, painting, chance, serial formalism, gradients, pixelated, visual perception, process-oriented, burnt and charred, tondo, circular, shaped About the artist: In Melisa Taylor’s work, the natural world acts as blueprint while ideas are sourced from historical art and contemporary culture. She pursued studies in Marine Biology before training in classical art of the Old Masters. She grew fascinated by the works of Flemish painters Vermeer and Rembrandt whose symbolic use of light influences her practice up to this day. Melisa explores the notion of the sublime through blur and precision. She develops an aesthetic of duality by hybridizing divergent approaches to art. Her studio practice is labor-intensive; various instruments and electric tools are used out-of-context to inject unpredictability in the painting gesture. She has assimilated in her practice an eclectic multilayering process combining pyrography, sanding and detailed stencil compositions on wood. Wabi-sabi -embracing chance- is a central idea in her work, equally so is meticulous control. This results in a subterranean tension that jeopardizes the ethereal appearance of her pieces; arbitrariness and mechanical execution fuse to create what she calls "systèmes faillibles" where spectral motifs seek to emerge out of obscuring lattices. Her work has been exhibited internationally and acquired in private and corporate collections across North America and abroad.

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