Hometown: Quebec City
Based in: Quebec City
Born 1977, Canada
In Melisa Taylor’s work, the natural world acts as blueprint while ideas are sourced from historical art and contemporary culture. She pursued studies in Marine Biology before training in classical art of the Old Masters. She grew fascinated by the works of Flemish painters Vermeer and Rembrandt whose symbolic use of light influences her practice up to this day. Melisa explores the notion of the sublime through blur and precision. She develops an aesthetic of duality by hybridizing divergent approaches to art. Her studio practice is labor-intensive; various instruments and electric tools are used out-of-context to inject unpredictability in the painting gesture. She has assimilated to her visual language an eclectic multilayering process combining pyrography, sanding and detailed stencil compositions on wood. Embracing chance is a central idea in her work, equally so is meticulous control. This results in a subterranean tension that jeopardizes the ethereal appearance of her pieces; arbitrariness and mechanical execution fuse to create what she calls "systèmes faillibles" where spectral motifs seek to emerge out of obscuring lattices. Her work has been exhibited internationally and acquired in private and corporate collections across North America, Europe and Asia.
Melisa Taylor In The Studio
More About Melisa Taylor
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
vibrant, spectral, meticulous
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Rembrandt, Romantique painters, Gerhard Richter
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
I don't recall ever getting one as of yet.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Inspiration comes from various life experiences, the mediums I works with and the music I listen to. I really don't go anywhere in particular...but walking helps clear out mind clutter.
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