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Melissa W Staiger
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: I feel that when I paint I empty myself into the work. I hold information as a vessel and then place it in my paintings when working. My abstract work encompasses basic shapes such as lines, circles and triangles. These forms are not only the building blocks of the cosmos, but also powerful symbols that have been used in many cultures all over the world. My works are layered and that takes time to formulate and process. They don’t happen all at once. I paint one color at a time, make one mark at a time and assemble one piece at a time in this systematic way. Then I can digest all that is happening visually which leads to a history behind the surface of the painting. It may look like it is all connected as a complete work but I paint it a little at a time to track it’s evolution. I usually start by creating a background. Figuring this out comes from intuition or a recent memory of colors that I have seen in real life. Metallic blues remind me of flowing water, flickering light reminiscent of the surface of water. Brilliant green reminds me of the Northern Lights. Florescent colors and brilliant hues to show luminosity. Neutral colors and different values help support them and bring out their brilliance. Moving paint around is a sensual experience for me. The marks that I make in the form of bands and waves are painted to express a constant state of flow. The viscosity of paint can change with the medium in it. I love putting metallic additives in the paint and then pushing the paint around on the surface whether it is a flowing stroke or a taped off shape. Ripping the tape off to reveal a hard edge line is satisfying because it is similar to a photographer developing film and seeing the image come to life. Using paper as collage on panel is very satisfying to me, seeing the sheen change from semi-gloss paint to a soft paper texture. Paper is vulnerable to the elements more so than acrylic paint. Keeping the edge of things neat and ordered is also an energy, not of constricting, but holding a line and a boundary. They do different things or have different characteristics. Some move space and others glide like a stream has formed on the painting. I like to work with edges, seeing them crisp and clear - there is a formal change between one and the next. Sometimes what happens in the studio stays with me – I will walk from my studio to the subway and the paintings are still being created in my mind.
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  • Push with the Tide Install Picture
    2015
    mixed media
    various
    This was an install shot from "Push with the Tide" an installation at Trestle Projects curated by Katerina Lanfranco in 2015.

  • Installation at Trestle Projects (3 works)
    2015
    collage and acrylic on paper
    106 x 42 inches
    This is from "Push with the Tide" curated by Katerina Lanfranco at Trestle Projects. Three paintings with paper collage.

  • Maria's Shoes
    2015
    mixed media collage on paper
    45 x 35 inches

  • Push with the Tide
    2015
    mixed media collage on panel
    45 x 35 inches

  • Space Between Particles
    2015
    collage and acrylic on panel
    45 x 35 inches

  • Sacred Geo Hot Pink
    2015
    mixed media collage on panel
    45 x 35 inches

  • SIGNAL
    2016
    Mixed Media with Acrylic on Canvas
    58 x 60 inches

  • New Direction (for Colleen)
    2016
    Mixed Media on Panel
    16 x 12 inches

  • Expansion II
    2015
    Acrylic on Panel
    34 x 24 inches

  • Mariposa
    2014
    Acrylic and Flashe on Canvas
    48 x 48 inches

  • Cosmic Flower
    2016
    ceramic and glaze
    8.5 x 8.5 x 8 inches irregular

  • BUZZZ
    2016
    silkscreen on rag paper
    11 x 15 inches, edition of 10

  • NY/CH #2
    2016
    mixed media collage on paper
    11 x 15 inches

  • NY/CH #1
    2016
    mixed media collage on paper
    11 x 15 inches

  • NY/CH #3
    2016
    mixed media collage on paper
    11 x 15 inches

  • NY/CH #4
    2016
    mixed media collage on paper
    11 x 15 inches

  • SPRINGGG
    2016
    mixed media collage on panel
    16 x 12 inches

  • Built to Spin
    2015
    mixed media collage on panel
    16 x 12 inches

  • Resting Place
    2015
    mixed media assemblage on panel
    21 x 14 inches

  • Icy Sun
    2015
    Assemblage on Panel
    16 x 12 inches
 








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