Melanie Thompson- Shadow Show

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist

Saturday Oct 26, 5-7 pm

Show runs to Wed Nov 13, 2019.

Artist Statement

“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”  In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki 

Shadows, as an important visual element, have always been part of my work. From the first lamps I made that cast their shadows up and out, patterning ceilings, walls, and floors to the work of this exhibit I have been intrigued by shadows, their beauty and their impermanence. In Shadow Show materials were chosen specifically for their ability to create shadows-a line becomes a shape becomes a shadow. The shadows created are as important to the work as the work itself, the shadow becomes the work. One is offered a new perspective, another way of seeing, another visual layer with the creation of shadows. The way an object appears and the way it appears in the shadow object are two perceptions, different yet similar, a dialogue between the real and the ephemeral, a way to truly see the work. 

Melanie Thompson 2019