"Through Lines", Melissa Shaak, acrylic painting, abstract, tigers, grey, teal - Painting by Melissa Shaak
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Melissa Shaak
"Through Lines", Melissa Shaak, acrylic painting, abstract, tigers, grey, teal

2018

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Melissa Shaak’s “Through Lines” is a 26 x 40 x 2 inch acrylic painting, with collaged images of tigers, on paper mounted on cradled board. The large, flat grey swaths outlined in teal appear myth-like, and the core of the piece is the interplay of these areas with the revealed layer underneath. The phrase “through lines”, as used in the theater, suggests the simplification of a narrative. In the painting, the dominant story line is juxtaposed with underlying pockets of color, rich with variety, including the almost-hidden tigers. The artist invites the viewer to join in a quest for balance between the through lines and the local color. Melissa Shaak works in acrylics and mixed media on paper. Her process involves building up layers of paint in an unplanned and improvisational way, then scraping through to expose areas beneath the surface. What’s revealed are amorphous shapes and shifts of color, which combine with elements that can appear ponderous, whimsical or surreal. She says her themes, ranging from the understory of a forest to the generations of a family, “always touch on the question of what is visible vs. what is hidden underneath.” In her recent series, Through Lines, Melissa seeks to balance the bold and simplified with the nuanced and complex, which is relevant to the personal, familial, cultural and political stories we tell every day.

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  • Dimensions
    H 26 in. x W 40 in. x D 2 in.H 66.04 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU50034216122
  • Seller Reference Number
    Shaak_Through Lines
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