Symphony of Light series
Orchestra of Lights
Melanie Max paints big expressive portraits of the skies. They motivate her to paint and set the mood for the found landscapes that unfold on the canvas in front of her.
She says” I try to create in my paintings a similar experience to an unfamiliar landscape being looked at for the first time, an excitement and uncertainty for what lies ahead, the puzzle that we undertake in trying to identify what belongs to the sky, what is the sea, and what is the land and at what point they all meet.
Many of my titles suggest physical movement which reflects my desire to loose myself in the spaces that I am creating. I feel the pull to walk amongst the surfaces and disappear traversing it. I hope to capture this urge for an endless journey.
I like my paintings to have an element of ambiguity; how can you have an adventure if you know all about it before you set out? I like the eye to float around the surface trying to make sense of the transitions, colours and shapes and their relationships to each other. When one approach to understanding the painting has been discounted another visual exploration of the surface is sort for an explanation. This active consideration of the paintings illusion to space, keeps it alive and active and being open to reinterpretation.”
Her solo spring exhibition in April at the Upstairs Studio & Gallery in Ely, will be filled with the skies of the places she knows and loves; the North Norfolk coast, the Scilly Isles and the Great Fen.
Melanie lives on a boat in the Fen and will be returning to the Scilly Isles this Febuary. She studied at Chelsea School of Art leaving with a BA (hons) in Sculpture. She now paints, preferring its intimacy and immediacy of expression. Her studio is in Ely High street above the Handmade Hotspot.
Details of future exhibitions can be found on her website www.melaniemax.co.uk