Melanie Deal

Networking (2011)
mixed media (paper, printouts)
24 x 24 in.

Remember when you were a child, creating artworks by cutting and pasting? Well, that’s what I do as an adult, and it’s just as fun and satisfying as it was when I was in kindergarten. I’m fascinated by grids, tessellations, and repeated shapes. I reinforce this repetition through colors and materials. Because patterns tend to be orderly and predictable, I like to add unexpected elements for humorous or ironic effect.

My work is about connections: between shapes, between people, between ideas. Sometimes those connections get broken, and that can be an opportunity to repair the old ones or to forge new ones. For example, the current pandemic requires us to reach out in new ways, both artistically and interpersonally.

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