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60 ARTIST PROFILE Melanie Reese

Racism, 2017, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 106 x 63 cm

Trump, 2017, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 106 x 63 cm

Melanie Reese


escribing herself as an observational artist, Melanie Reese uses abstract forms to document and engage with important collective issues, specifically the everyday encounters, struggles and social injustices faced by women. Her distinctive lines and organic forms interact with the frame, as the edge of the canvas itself becomes a formal line tracing the limits of the work, building up a tension within each piece. Reese’s unique process sees her drawing on components of Tarot in order to frame her particular narrative, developing a ‘deck of cards’ through the use of colour association

and symbolic gesture. A bigger story is being told through the artist’s paintings, echoing the struggles of all women who have ever been oppressed while adding her own distinctive voice as a young American woman living within the Trump Administration. Based in New York, Reese completed her MFA in Fine Arts in May 2017 at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has had solo exhibitions at R&D Studios Bushwood and Suzette LaValle in Brooklyn, and has also shown work in several selected group and juried exhibitions.

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