echo : re-echo – paintings and drawings by Melissa Wraxall MFA
Thursday 23rd – Tuesday 28th January 2014, Open daily: 12am – 6pm (Sun 1pm – 5pm)
Private View: Wednesday 22nd January 2014 (6pm – 8pm)
echo : re-echo is an exhibition of the latest work by Bath based artist Melissa Wraxall. Archival photographs form the starting point for Melissa’s paintings and drawings in which she is examining notions of the relentless passing of time, transient lives and fleeting memories. Many of the photographs are fading or damaged, but each one is a tiny piece of the jigsaw in someone’s life, and a trace or echo of that life.
While the paintings are essentially figurative, Melissa aims to produce sensuous abstraction in the detail, choosing when to control the paint, and when to allow gravity to produce drips and runs. She paints with oils because of their rich and lustrous quality, using a variety of textures and layers of colour, in opaque marks and transparent or translucent glazes.
Melissa paints from these photographic images in an intuitive way, and views the process as almost a conversation between herself and a person long gone or a child now grown old, trapped as a ghost in the layer of silver emulsion.
Originally from Sydney, with a background in Art Education, Melissa Wraxall now lives in Bath with her husband and two children, and has graduated in September 2013 from the Master of Fine Art programme at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University.