Pastoral and bucolic still life settings emerge from Melanie Parke's own life. The artist reconstructs familiar interiors and filters them through the ideology of memory. Her subjects often center flowers, which bind the artist to friendships and the women in her life. Parke utilizes sentiment to craft a domestic locus and seek visual lushness by alternating tonal moods and vivid ornamentation.


Painting is a pleasure seeking process for Parke and abstraction a vehicle with which to think and begin. Parke sets up the space intuitively, in broad and textured gestures, then pieces together arrangements to compose a homespun narrative. Specific interiors and landscapes are often implied. Shifting the emphasis to pattern, texture and tone, the artist works to destabilize notions of exacting representation. This is an effort to build on a sensation of memory which conjures both comfort and longing.


The Artist's Life in Michigan Philip A. Hartigan
9 Jul. 2012
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