Artist
Melisa Taylor Quebec, Canada

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    Mélisa Taylor is a visual artist based in Quebec city, Canada. She was originally classically trained by reproducing Old Masterpieces in Vancouver. A range of techniques is involved in her labor-intensive practice including thick impasto texture, Lavis pigment dispersion, charcoal and metal powder dusting, sand manipulations and stencilling. The artist uses commercial tools in the making of her work while allowing for these instruments to inspire the direction of her work, typically human size and larger-scaled. In the tradition of Process art, the painter seeks the presence of external variables such as gravity, weight, and wind to inject unpredictability in her art-making. At the core of her work is the notion of "entering" accidents and modulating natural incidences. In an interplay of chance, intuition and conditioning, the artist tries to negotiate the multiplicity of her inspirations.

    Melisa Taylor's work is informed by the natural world and modernism while alluding to Matter art and environmental phenomenology. She alternately tackles two distinct work corpus. In her series "Rift Valley, Sondes" and "At Sea Between Fossils and Satellites," found objects of natural origins and man-made are repurposed into an archeologic-like bas-relief. Through multiple layering, each sedimentation is either camouflaged or enhanced in an ongoing palimpsest. Later on, the artist intervenes on those bas-relief Color-fields using Hard-edge geometry, which function as both a disruptive factor and harmonizing agent. In another body of work entitled "Sateens" mainly executed on wood panels, Melisa revisits the formal possibilities when hybridizing chance-derived gestural expressionism with mechanical systems of linear geometry.

    The plural nature of life today provides a complex flux out of which her practice emerges. The artist's mandate is to remain free of expectations for clarity of meaning, opting rather to develop empirically a language evocative of the ambiguous and unresolved.

    Melisa Taylor's work has been shown and acquired in private and corporate collections across Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Melisa's Work

    Melisa Taylor 2/23/2016 | 1:46 PM

    It has been a very exciting week-end on Ugallery, two works from the "Turbulences" series have been acquired into private collections in New Jersey. Very pleased!

    Melisa Taylor 6/15/2015 | 12:50 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

    C Maib 6/15/2015 | 9:47 AM

    Just taking a wander through this site, and your work caught my eye. Holy cow, I absolutely LOVE what you do, it's surreal and beautiful and so incredibly inventive and creative. I only hope to be that good one day. :)

    Melisa Taylor 9/29/2014 | 10:42 AM

    Hello Art lovers! I am very excited about my latest series. I rekindled with a smaller scale for this one...soon up on UGALLERY! :)

    krnhersh 9/16/2014 | 7:29 AM

    congrats!! that's terrific.... how many will u show? which ones? very exciting.. k

    Melisa Taylor 9/16/2014 | 6:50 AM

    I am happy to announce that a selection of my paintings are headed to Texas for the Houston Fine Art Fair opening this Thursday, Sept. 18th...very excited!

    Melisa Taylor 9/16/2014 | 6:45 AM

    Thank you all for the nice words! makes my day :) Mélisa

    commentsAt Sea Between Fossils and Satellites 3
    krnhersh 9/15/2014 | 8:22 PM

    I love this- I see so much going on in there-- what a gift u have.....thanks k

    Melisa Taylor 6/10/2014 | 11:17 AM

    Thanks a lot for the nice comments! :)

    commentsBird on a Wire, from the series "Sateen"
    P Hammonds 5/15/2014 | 4:22 PM

    Love this work. The geometry and cross-hatching + the assymetry are lovely. Wishing you the best.

    commentsBird on a Wire, from the series "Sateen"
    c_programmer 5/10/2014 | 5:08 PM

    Just want to say that I love this painting as well as the rest of your work. The paintings are beautiful and bold, which is something I rarely say.

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