Melissa McGill is a Mixed Media artist and much of her work consists of photo collage combined with encaustic or acrylic medium. Her multi layered, luminous images, combining industry and nature have become her trademark.
You have a powerful way of expressing your thoughts with your abstract work. Are you currently working on anything and what current issues does it directly speak to?
I am working on a series of abstract landscapes, some are details of landscapes and others are overall interpretations of expansive views. They are my way of adapting to living in the desert, so more personal than the Choices series.
Choices 5 reads like a hieroglyph mixed with a murder mystery. How would you instruct viewers to interpret the work?
The Choices works are trying to convey the question of whether or not we actually have choices or if our lives are decided by an accident of birth. Images of convicts from the early 1900’s are scattered throughout and contrasted with pop advertising which is geared toward making us believe we can buy our happiness . The young man was arrested for stealing a pair of shoes. All of the convicts were arrested for crimes of poverty, which is an accident of birth.
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