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Melissa Shaak
"Through Lines", abstract, tigers, grey, teal, acrylic painting

2018

About the Item

Melissa Shaak’s “Through Lines” is a 26 x 40 x 2 inch acrylic painting, with collaged images of tigers, on paper mounted on cradled board. The large, flat grey swaths outlined in teal appear myth-like, and the core of the piece is the interplay of these areas with the revealed layer underneath. The phrase “through lines”, as used in the theater, suggests the simplification of a narrative. In the painting, the dominant story line is juxtaposed with underlying pockets of color, rich with variety, including the almost-hidden tigers. The artist invites the viewer to join in a quest for balance between the through lines and the local color. Melissa Shaak's abstract acrylic paintings balance color shifts with amorphous forms that appear ponderous, whimsical or surreal. She explores how the act of concealing, by means of overpainting with large swaths of flat color, reveals and brings focus to the sprawl of life in the layers underneath. In Shaak’s most recent work, she experiments with both imagery and medium; archetypal figures find themselves in paintings, sculptural cutouts of their forms, and as an ensemble captured on video. Shaak lives and works in Somerville, MA. She is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA.
  • Creator:
    Melissa Shaak (1954, American)
  • Creation Year:
    2018
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 26 in (66.04 cm)Width: 40 in (101.6 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Natick, MA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: Shaak_Through Lines1stDibs: LU50034216122
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