Lot 123 - Melanie Berman - Spoon Full of Sugar
Ink, acrylic and pen on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Melanie Berman explores the language of abstraction within paintings. She draws from traditional and contemporary techniques and observations. Using the interplay of the paint and the momentum of intuitive gestures to be captured within a time and space that is relevant today. Berman is drawn to the intrinsic values of her materials whilst infusing her work with a personal language and signature palettes. She uses abstraction and colour marks as if it were a universal text full of integrity, in which she features allegories that reflect on social, ideological and emotional planes. References stem from nature, music, poetry, dance that are entwined to suggest alternative possibilities for human life.The non-objective also interests her, as she translates sound into colour and illusionistic forces of connectivity into patterns.
In her poetic paintings, loud fluorescent pink or orange flicks contrast with soft, quiet tones. The colours dance amongst themselves to convey a contrasting sense of rhythmic order or disorder, adding to the joyous energy of the work. The marks could be seen as akin to genetic coding or the human perception of nature and our own ecological consciousness. They could also be compared to the pages of a journal or inner landscapes, restoring the balance of collective reasoning in society.
BA Fashion Design 2.1 Berkshire College of Art 1980 - BA Hons UCA 2008
Most recently she exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy (2020, 2021, 2022) - Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London (2019, 2021, 2022). Her work also featured in the Royal Academy Calendar 2021. She exhibited at Wells Art Contemporary Exhibition in 2021, also the Beep Painting Biennial in 2022 and the Bankley Open Exhibition in 2022. Barclays Bank residency 2021-22 Exhibit at Trinity Art Centre Kent.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Spoonful of sugar '- ....makes the world go round - A childhood memory of singing along full of hope for the future, full of freedom and vision to heal the world. The abstract piece documents that journey through coloured marks.
Your heart is my heart ' Abstract contemporary painting, Inspired by poets offering love and empathy in the world through their visual writings and verbal readings.. The gestures and nuances of the coloured marks became trigger points to express pure emotions of our love ones.
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