Melissa Shaak works in acrylics and mixed-media on paper. In her newest series, “Through Lines”, she explores the interplay between flat gray areas outlined in teal, and the revealed layer underneath with its amorphous shapes and shifts of color. The phrase “Through Lines,” as used in theater, suggests the simplification of a narrative. In these paintings, the dominant story line is juxtaposed with underlying pockets of local color. Melissa’s process typically involves building up layers of paint in an unplanned and improvisational way, then scraping through to expose areas beneath the surface. She seeks to balance what is bold and simplified with what is nuanced and complex, and as such is relevant to the personal, familial, cultural and political stories we tell every day.
Melissa lives and works in Somerville, MA. A solo show of her Understory paintings was hosted by Cambridge Health Associates in 2016 and a solo show of monotype prints at 1188 Broadway, Somerville in 2014. Melissa has taken coursework at Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Mass College of Art. In addition, she has studied with Adria Arch and Robert Siegelman. Melissa is a longstanding member of the Creativity Lab at the New Art Center.
Fountain Street Exhibitions: Annex Show-October 2018
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