Melissa Hartley

Melissa Hartley

Still life contrasts with our lives today which are dynamic, moving and constantly shifting, so there is definitely a strange irony in my work. I’m trying to suspend time, but it is still a reminder of our mortality, transience, and that things will fade and pass. Time becomes precious. The isolating effect of deep black seems to heighten the vulnerability and seeming desire to place trust in the viewer. Concerned with its depiction of space, seeking a particular sense of void that seems to arise only in the nighttime, the black depth adds to the dream-like quality. Things start to manifest in the dark, our loves, our fears. This chiaroscuro effect is used for the sake of drama and the emotional impact it implies. Hauntingly beautiful, they contemplate space, time and the fragility of the human condition.

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