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Melissa Oresky

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Studio landscape no. 2, 2012-15 Acrylic and Collage on Paper © Courtesy of the artist
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Studio Landscape, 2009-12 Acrylic and Collage on Paper © Courtesy of the artist
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Chlorochrous, 2014 Oil, Acrylic, and Canvas Collage on Canvas 24 X 24 Inches © Courtesy of the artist
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Grown Over, 2015 Acrylic,canvas Collage, and Oil on Canvas 42 X 46 Inches © Melissa Oresky
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Untitled, 2015 Acrylic, Paper and Canvas Collage, Paper Pulp, and Oil on Canvas 16 X 20 © Melissa Oresky
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Untitled, 2015 Acrylic, Paper and Canvas Collage, Paper Pulp, and Oil on Canvas 16 X 20 Inches © Melissa Oresky
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Double Midday Stars, 2014 Acrylic and Collage on Paper © Courtesy of the artist
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Crystal Teepee, 2013 Acrylic, Watercolor, and Collage on Paper 15 X 30 © Courtesy of the artist
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Crystal Lattice, 2013 Acrylic, Watercolor, and Collage on Paper © Courtesy of the artist
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Birth of Cobalt, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist
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Picture for Brown Wall (Pink), 2010 Acrylic and Collage on Paper, Walnut Frame 20 X 25 In.
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Picture for Brown Wall (Yellow), 2010 Acrylic and Collage on Paper, Walnut Frame 20 X 25 In. © Courtesy of the artist
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Picture for Brown Wall (Grid Forest), 2010 Acrylic and Collage on Paper, Walnut Frame 20 X 25 In.
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Litter, 2011 Acrylic and Canvas Collage on Canvas
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Crossed Acrylic on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist
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Installation View, Tangled Grounds , 2011 Acrylic on Canvas on Brown Walls Each Painting 72 X 84 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Elmhurst Art Museum
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Lattice © Courtesy of the artist and Hyde Park Art Center
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© Courtesy of the artist and Hyde Park Art Center
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Drift Acrylic on Canvas © Courtesy of the artist and Elmhurst Art Museum
Quick Facts
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
Statement


For me, landscape is time-based and continually changing, and can be constructed from anything. I define landscape as a backdrop for thought, experience, and knowledge. Landscape is any “other” to the interiority of the body. It can orient and disorient. It is a network of phenomena and a base to explore particular experiences of light, color, and space.

Recently I have been making work that is either extremely fast or extremely slow (made in one sitting or over several years), using paint, collected papers, fragments of photographs, canvas scraps and other studio leftovers. With a vocabulary rooted in abstraction, my works are based on procedural directives or formal parameters I set for myself in the studio.   

In addition to paintings and collages I make video work in collaboration with musician, Zak Boerger, that uses similarly derived imagery. While the still work suggests the inevitability of movement and accumulation over time, the videos suggest stillness within perpetual change.