ARTIST Melanie Miller has an upcoming show of her work entitled Natural History “The Study of Plants and Animals through Observation” at Long & Ryle. Working from life, Miller’s subject is natural “found” objects such as plants, flowers, animals and insects which she then paints life-size on a layered background.
Many of the objects Miller paints are chosen with a degree of nostalgia, for instance, items she has found on a school’s nature table. Miller states she, “thrives on the tension between attraction and repulsion, temporality and continuity. Somehow these objects form part of a personal history”.
Working in oil on gesso panels and boards, that she prepares herself, their surfaces are complex with an accumulation of layers of paint, sometimes printed or embossed, elements removed and revealed with elements of the accidental paired with the deliberate.
by Caroline Simpson
Natural History “The Study of Plants and Animals through Observation” opens on February 5, at Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4PX. The private view takes place on February 4, 2015.
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Gallery opening times: Tues-Fri 10- 5:30, Sat 11-2