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
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.