(Image: Kathleen Melian, Untitled, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 84" x 114"; © Kathleen Melian)
Kathleen Melian (Lives in Los Angeles)
My recent body of work is a series of seven paintings produced for my MFA Thesis show, April 10, 2012 at Claremont Graduate University. I employ images as an object of identity for the viewers, forging a connection with the subjects. Figures in the scenes become stand-ins for the observer offering them a voyeuristic window to another life. The imperfections and inconsistent aspects are the most interesting for me because this is where potential lies for rupture as reallity and fiction collide. The fun of the charade grates on the spirit, beginning to wear thin.
In my work, the fantasies created by society multiply and become a complex system that deceives and creates a pseudo-reality, an entrapment for people. It becomes impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. Society becomes a place of myth and artifice, both terrifying and sublime.
Education: MFA program candidate, Claremont Graduate University, 2012. Art Mentor Program, Santa Monica College, 2005-2006, 2009. B.S. Design Science, Arizona State University.
Kathleen Melian was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #3 of the 2012 Showcase Series.
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