As an artist, I work with the dichotomy of light and darkness in order to examine the dynamics of life’s phases and emotions. I seek to capture the transition that occurs when drifting from one state to another. Moving between earth and atmosphere, mass and space, I blur the line between abstraction and representation.
I address light as if it were a tangible object and a force that enters a space and effects change. Inspired by elements of nature, intriguing cloud formations and atmospheric effects, I play with opposites, sharp and soft focus, along with extreme lights and darks to create swirling, luminous and organic areas of mysterious presence. These psychological landscapes and allegorical images are informed by personal mythologies, memories and the natural world.
Melissa Reischman was born in Portland, OR. She studied graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art and went on to build a career as an award winning graphic designer. During this time she followed the urge to develop her own artistic vision through painting and drawing, studying with Richard Bunkhall and Ray Turner at Art Center College of Design.
Reischman's work explores movement of light, color and atmosphere. Her paintings and drawings are mediatations on her life experiences and encounters with nature that has surrounded her in places such as Portland, Greece, Prague, Paris, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.
Reischman has exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall, Los Angeles, CA; Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA; The Brand Library, Glendale, CA; McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA; Available Light Gallery, Burbank, CA; SPARC Gallery, Venice, CA; Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
She is a member of The Los Angeles Art Association and The Woman's Caucus for Art.
She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.
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