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About Melissa Hartley
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I have always been interested in the surface of the modern city and the kind of colours it generates, focusing on architectural lines, shapes and their colour palettes. It is important for me to capture ephemeral moments that others could overlook, drawing attention to objects and interesting forms. Each work offers a distinct colour palette based on actual geographic locations and acts as a way of restoring moments in new abstracting ways. Geometry, form and colour are the foundation of my artistic practice and inform my work’s development. Focusing predominantly on 2D image-making my work tends to rely upon photographic interpretation, while photography is involved in the process, I believe painting is far more beautiful and sublime than a photograph could ever be. With the use of paint, I aim to use colour as a means of controlling and directing the eye, challenging the viewer to perceive the work that is in front of them.