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Melita Summer is inspired by my childhood visits to Malta during the height of summer. The intense heat of the sun beating down on my shoulders, making me feel as if I were about to melt into the sandstone of my Nanna and Nannu's house. A feeling of warmth radiates from the painting.
Layers of acrylic ink and paint are applied to the back of acrylic glass, giving an illusion of depth which is viewed from the smooth unpainted surface.
Please note this work is acrylic on clear acrylic glass, and is a completely unique and original artwork. Signed on the back. Melita Summer is framed and ready to hang.
I live and work in West London, and since graduating from Chelsea College of Art I and have had my work exhibited across the U.K.
Through my work I question the fidelity and validity of our personal histories and our perceptions of them, which in turn challenge our concepts of personal identity and self. Our memories are fragile and can be readily manipulated; during their retelling we often incorporate false or assumptive elements, which subtly reshape them. The act of remembering is an act of creation.
I interpret the concept of memory construction in my paintings by exploring how materials react and interact with each other. The drying time between applications, the order of layering and choice of media all contribute to a continuously changing outcome. Each layer interacts with and changes those that precede and follow it whilst retaining its own properties. The acrylic pieces are viewed from the ‘underside’.
My paintings are drawn from memories and abstracted such that the elements collate to form an emotional response using colour, rather than a literal interpretation. My work mainly calls upon my own experiences and childhood memories from Malta as source material.
The metallic inks within the paintings change their appearance as the viewer navigates around the room, and in doing so creates different viewing experiences from multiple angles.
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