Vandal 4Melisa Taylor
acrylic polymers, acrylic paint, sand, metallic powders, shells, pebbles, oil paint, varnish on Stretched canvas
Signed on back
72 " h x 48 " w x 2 " d |15 lbs. 0 oz.
"Vandal 4" is part of my latest series in which I use aerosol techniques to create engaging and atmospheric vistas, inspired by Sterling Ruby's pictorial work. The result is shimmering and enigmatic. I built up the surface with layers of oceanic colors and stain-wash methods, giving the work a tactile, iridescent effect. This piece was made with acrylic polymers, acrylic paint, sand, metallic powders, shells, pebbles, and oil paint. It is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. The work comes varnished and ready to hang.
The natural world is the blueprint for Melisa’s work, while allusions to past and contemporary culture inform its development. She approaches her artwork by developing her own hybridization of artistic practices. Melisa relies on commercial tools such as blow torches and electrical sanders to create her work, in addition to other labor-intensive methods. By exploring the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography, and sanding on wood, Melisa produces unique abstract art that is simultaneously geometric and organic.