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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Melanie Deal’s paper collages and mixed-media works incorporate both predictable patterns and unexpected elements. Recent exhibitions include the Evanston Made Group Show at the Evanston Art Center, artruckISH (artruck.org), and TOUCH, A Virtual Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. She lives and works in Evanston, Illinois.
© Melanie Deal