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Fice

Melissa

CANADA

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“My paintings depict feminine portraits, gardens, floral arrangements and symbols.”

Melissa Fice is a contemporary artist whose work embodies mind-manifesting by depicting an inner universe that symbolizes the mind and psyche. Her artwork embodies her over-active imagination by incorporating various elements including portraits, motifs, symbols and objects. She often daydreams as a way to escape reality, a reality that has become chaotic and immersed in a global pandemic.

The Big Bang embodies mind-manifesting by depicting an inner universe that symbolizes the mind and psyche. The bright colored motifs against the black background create a strong contrast, mimicking features found in psychedelic art from the 1960s.

She often works with acrylic paint on wooden panels, playing with matte and metallic finishes. Acrylic paint works best for her style because of its quick drying time. More recently she has begun exploring watercolor paints, she is able to build up layers of washes and add fine details to her work.

Fading Dream

Acrylic

$200

This painting depicts a black and white eye in the centre surrounded by colourful flowers. The flowers fade to grey as they get closer to the eye. It illustrates how dreams change and fade away over time.

Melissa studied art at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. Since graduating and working on bettering her mental state, her work has begun to evolved. Her work left behind bleak color combinations and she introduced bright colors to her palette.

“My daydreaming is becoming attached to images and using these mental sketches throughout my work.”

Her use of color gives her work a playful energy. Using bright colors against a black background makes them pop and stand out. The contrast between colors has become an important element in her work. Her work is bright, colorful and refined.

“My work reflects my mood and state of mind, which influences my choice in color, line and shape.”

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She thinks gardens have always been a happy place, filled with beautiful flowers and lush greens. One of her favorite places to visit is Allen Garden Conservatory in Toronto, Ontario. The garden is housed in a beautiful horticultural pavilion, filled with tropical plants, palm trees and seasonal flowers.