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Melissa Patel

Is This Desire? - oil painting

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Is This Desire?, oil paint on wood panel, 30 x 40 in., 2018.

Through my artwork I explore the concept of escapism through the creation of ‘dream-spaces’. These dream-spaces I create blur the lines between realistic representation and abstraction, to create imagery that is both representative of the natural physical world and our emotional sense of the world. With this painting I wanted to capture what an emotion, such as desire, would look like visually. I was thinking about desire as an active emotion, one that can be fulfilled but not felt again once that object, outcome, or person of desire is obtained. Desire is in constant motion and consumes whatever it is that is being desired. In this painting I use a rose as a symbol of desire and abstract it behind layers of different imagery, such as light reflections and other plant material. This form of abstraction allows me to express desire as being about more than just wanting someone or something. It is about our idealized associations with whatever it is that is being desired that give it meaning.

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Melissa Patel

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Melissa Patel is a Toronto based artist who works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography. She was born and raised in Canada, and is of Portuguese and Indian descent. Her multicultural background has been a key influence in her work, which she uses to explore themes of family, identity, memory, heritage, and her relationship to nature and the environment. She sees her work as a way to interpret and understand the world around her by breaking down real world elements and recapturing them through artistic media. She studied at OCAD University and has a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She currently exhibits her work in galleries across Toronto and in 2019 was one of six notable Canadian emerging artists to exhibit in the Daegu Art Fair in South Korea with Partial Gallery.