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Midnight teal pill Print

Melisa Taylor


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"Midnight teal pill" is one of the 30 small tondo paintings on wood comprising the Dopamine mosaic. This 30-piece ensemble was created between January and April 2024 by the artist using a mix of techniques including airbrush, stencilling and pyrography. This multilayered piece fuses the tactile rawness of pyrography with the crispness of grid geometry, capturing a dichotomy inherent to the human experience. The scorched base—evocative of body scan modalities—portrays our internal struggles. The vivid underpainting is overlaid with a monochrome, neutral and orderly moiré pattern appears to wrap around the painting, appeasing the underlying turmoil. A central band bisects the work mimicking pill design alluding to the duality of sentient life and controlled design. Informed by neuroscientific insights, this series serves as an aesthetic and contemplative commentary on the human condition, prompting viewers to consider the interplay between our spontaneous inner states and the personas we meticulously construct and various strategies we employ to navigate life's challenges. In her contemporary practice, Melisa captivates audiences with the sublime interplay between blur and precision, creating a duality from contrasting art forms. Her studio becomes a ground for the laborious orchestration of handcraft and tool usage, leading to "systèmes faillibles" — structures at the mercy of a final, transformative act. Melisa's abstractions, echoing the data-saturated screens that dominate our daily lives, mirror our struggle against an overload of stimuli. The dynamic tension between biomorphic motifs seeking to emerge out of an exacting lattice invites the viewer to seek stillness amidst the informational flood, aspiring for respite. Through her innovative paintings, Melisa Taylor Metzger shows a unique ability to distill contemporary chaos into contemplation, transcending geographical and cultural divides, establishing her distinctive visual lexicon across the globe.

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Print:Giclee on Canvas

Size:16 W x 20 H x 1.25 D in

Size with Frame:17.75 W x 21.75 H x 1.25 D in

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Born 1977, Canada In Melisa Taylor’s work, the natural world acts as a blueprint while ideas are sourced from historical art and contemporary culture. She pursued studies in Marine Biology before training in the 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; commercial and electric tools are used to inject unpredictability into 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. Melisa's work has been shown internationally in Miami, Chicago, Tokyo, Seoul, Istanbul, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Grand Rapids, NYC, Singapore city, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Shanghai. Her work has been exhibited and acquired in private and corporate collections across North America, Europe and Asia.

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