Melissa Ann Lambert is a a mixed-media artist whose works include traditional media (watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, oil, acrylic); digital or new media, and combinations of both. Recently she is producing large format light boxes, and plans on including LED format boxes, which can be framed. Upcoming plans include three dimensional works and animation/film.
While working as a Software Engineer at Warner Electra Atlantic, she began to build a body of newly inspired works in late 2002. After producing many abstract pieces on paper, she purchased a camera for documentation purposes. With experimentation, she soon learned to make art integrating elements from her traditional medium works, photography, and a variety of digital methods.
In April of 2008, Ms. Lambert was selected by curator Shaurya Kumar of Bowling Green University, Ohio to be in the exhibit "Perfect with Pixel", an international exhibition that focuses on works that are done by integrating digital with traditional art-making methods. The exhibit ran from September 9 to October 5, 2008. In December 2007, curators Howard Fox of LACMA, Peter Frank of the Riverside County Museum of Art, and Rex Bruce from the LA Center for Digital Art juried work from her "current work" series into a show at LACDA which ran from August 14 through September 6, 2008. Her work was recently featured in the retrospective "Intuitive Eye: The Diana Zlotnick Collection" at the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery February 18 - March 26, 2009.
Melissa Ann Lambert employs digital media and photographic elements in a painterly fashion, creating half-submerged half-worlds populated by elusive, febrile presences and potent, concentrated spectacles of pure -- or nearly pure -- light. Nothing is as it seems -- nor, as the Zen koan reminds us, is it otherwise."
- Peter Frank, writer, curator
" Employing an arsenal of digital tools, Melissa Lambert mines a hallucinatory territory embedded with personal codes and signals that lend her dizzying, pixelated surfaces unusual depth."
- Michael Ned Holte, writer
"Melissa Ann Lambert is definitely in the inner worlds mode of Matta, Onslow-Ford, and Pallen. The blurring of inner and outer, micro and macro, she has that. Count me among her fans."
- Bill Sheehy, Latin American Masters
"When I first met Melissa Lambert she presented a world to me that blocked out all others, and I received new dimension in my own life. I have collected and followed her work since 2005 and introduced her work to others, who have been as equally taken by her work.
"In a way I see her work relating to, say, the work of Wallace Berman-- one which originated from the verifax machine and the other from digital manipulation through a computer.
"I recently declined to donate work to a Museum because I felt it needed to stay in my collection."
- Diana Zlotnick, collector
MELISSA ANN LAMBERT produces images of profound depth and mystery, even when their sources and subjects are as familiar to us as our own names. Exploiting new technologies and new sources of visual material, Lambert conjures a world – perhaps a universe – that reveals its secrets and its complexities with a reticent grandeur, cloaking them in an obscurity resistant, but ultimately not immune, to the eye’s penetration. In this way, even when creating portraits of well-known people and including well-known things in her atmospheric compositions, Lambert poses us a gentle challenge, to come into her visual realm, where events unfold gradually and resonantly.
-Peter Frank, 2012
Jazz in L.A. quotes:
"Melissa Lambert's atmospheric images of live jazz in LA embrace the mood, giving imagery to the music itself. Employing a variety of tools, the photographs exist on multitude of levels. Notes and phrases lyrically weave in and out of one another, providing a rich canvas of rhythm and melody. The image becomes the music"
-- Greg Cohen, photographer, curator, and writer
"Melissa Lambert wants to preserve the magic of the moment as she photographs jazz musicians playing in dark, smoky clubs. She then draws directly onto the photographic images. The result: fresh, surreal and kinetic."- Diana Zlotnick, Newsletter on the Arts
Influences include the latest fantastical discoveries of particle physics, superstring, holonomic brain and biotic theory, and Taoism. Authors as diverse as Gary Zukov, Brian Greene, Daniel Goleman, Carlos Castenada, Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, William Blake, and Carl Jung have influenced her perception and vision.