Melanie is a prize winning artist and a prominent figure on the British abstract scene. She has exhibited with various galleries including Flowers East, the Fine Art Society and The Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong. Her work is held in both private and commercial collections here in the UK and globally.
‘The force that drives my work is an intention to create paintings which allude to a sensory experience of 'place'. Generally that ‘place’ will exist in the real world, and sometimes it will exist within the possibilities of painting. It is always specific, there is a search within the work for something that is recognised through experience. It is a search for learning but also for familiarity.
These are monuments of personal experience..moments in time..an attempt to trap an incidence or an experience. I want to create a drawn space that exists somewhere between the use of an abstractly painted mark and a traditionally recognised landscape depicting mark. I hope to find a place which is about the possibility of mark making, illusory space and an object which exists in three dimensions. ..Literally a play between painting, photographic illusion and sculpture.
Recently the work has been focused on the depiction of the horizon line..a recessive space..reaching a point of infinity, and questions of scale. Often this will appear as a landscape space and similarities will be drawn with a landing strip or a ploughed field, a landscape carved by man or a trail left by an animal or insect’