Rachel Mello

places that feel like home


Ridgely's Whim
copper wire drawing on hardboard
20" x 16" x 2"

Night Light
oil and oil pastel on hardboard cut to silhouette
44"h x 62"w

Whither Shall I Wander - further study
woodblock print on rice paper
25" x 39"

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Artists' Statement:
My work is about sense of place: what it is to be in a place, or to call a place home, to wander streets trying to find lost roots, or make new ones. There's daydreaming, longing, recording and appreciation details.

My process starts with my sketchbook practice, where all my work grows. I'll explore the same scenes in pencil, watercolor, print making, collage, wire drawing, and oil painting. Re-presenting similar scenes in changing media gives me shifting vantage points and new perspectives.

It's my hope that by exploring and expressing the emotive qualities of a certain street corner, roof peak or utility line, the human element of living in the city will stay alive and fresh when planners and developers are marking dashed boundary lines on maps.

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