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Rachel Mello

There's a dragon in my studio.


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She Works the Lines
copper wire drawing over oil on hardboard
18" x 14" x 2.5"


Artist's Statement:

In the past few years I've picked up several new media. I've added wire and soldering and other light metal work, as well as sewing and soft textile work. Two things seem to stay consistent: One is that I work around the edges of representation- short of realistic depictions, and a long way from wholly  abstract. The other is that I push various media in strange ways and operate in the spaces between them. I make paintings, but they hang in space and cast shadows like sculptures. I make wire sculptures, but they exist on a flat plane. I've taken up sewing recently, but mostly to experiment with sewing wire into vinyl or paper. This year I also took on learning to work collaboratively, and my friends and I have a giant, rideable dragon to show for our efforts. Come meet her in my studio and see some of the other explorations I'm making. The comment I get more than any other is, "What do you call this kind of work? I've never seen anything like it."


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


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



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