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ABOUT

Melanie studied at the University of NSW: College of Fine Arts and Macquarie University, Sydney.
She is an accomplished practicing and exhibiting contemporary artist, based in Adelaide – South Australia, and a Secondary Visual Arts teacher at one of South Australia’s leading schools.

Melanie’s original artworks have found homes in the USA, UK, Ireland and across Australia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My abstract paintings are about creating a space for contemplation, room to breathe, to meditate and relax. Often described as lonely, yet created to be a safe place for solitude, peace, stillness and comfort. I seek to offer a place that can stand to be seen over and over, a place to live, not dusty or sleepwalking, but fully alive and present; to see again something new, to be reminded, to be renewed. To hear faint sounds, murmurs and whispers, to travel somewhere and come back safely. Texture, beautiful mistakes and the capturing of light guide the way until my paintings become a place, an offering of safe space, a gift.

 
2020 SALA FESTIVAL EXHIBITION

‘Sunset Studies’ at Ambleside Distillers

On now until September 30

A sweet, little series exhibited at Ambleside Distillers in Hahndorf. Set in the gorgeous Adelaide Hills, Ambleside Distillers provides the perfect backdrop for this wonderful exhibition. Sunset Studies celebrates beautiful light, textured colour and whimsical comfort. All paintings on display are for sale and if you needed anymore reason to add one to your collection, each painting comes with a complimentary Big Dry Gin valued at $85! Amble up to Hahndorf, it’s worth the drive!

 
2020 SALA FESTIVAL EXHIBITION

‘Urban Hymns’ at Château Tanunda

From July 31 to August 28

An anthropological documentation of time and space, of wanderings through city streets on shared land with shared purpose. Numerous layers that build over time, layers beneath our feet and those that create our lives. To reveal and conceal the beauty of what is visible to find and create a voice for what is hidden. The peeling of paint on walls, the stories held captive in places. Itinerant remnants upon the land, the populace and the collective psyche.