A bright blue bird with a red orange beak is perched atop of bowl of yellow and orange fruits beautifully complemented by the bright yellow, blue and ivory flowers on the patterned wallpaper in the inviting interior. On the right side of the table setting, an ornate painted blue bowl is offset by the outline of a bright blue window in the background.
Melanie Parke filters and reconstructs pastoral and bucolic still life settings that emerge from her own life through the ideology of memory. Flowers bind the artist to friendships and the women in her life, that sentiment propels her to paint compositions which reference lush clusters of time. Parke’s painting is a pleasure seeking process, the artist arranges the pictorial space intuitively, in broad and textured gestures, then pieces together arrangements that compose a homespun narrative. Specific interiors, botanical species and landscapes are often implied. By shifting the emphasis to pattern, texture and tone, she works to destabilize notions of exacting representation in an effort to build on a sensation of memory which conjures both comfort and longing.
Acquired directly from the artist
Cool & Collected CT, July 14 - September 8, 2019, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Kent, CT Lush, Gary Cruz, Court Lurie, Melanie Parke, Sophie Treppendahl, November - December 2018, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York