Based out of Halifax, NS, Melanie Colosimo uses graphite and paper to create large-scale sculptural drawings. Her work focuses on strong, structural materials to explore identity, liminality and progress. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB (2006) and an MFA from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, ON (2011). Her work has been screened and exhibited in festivals and galleries across Canada such as AKA Gallery (SK) the Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), the Atlantic Film Festival (NS), Eastern Edge Gallery (NL) and most recently at Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery (NS). She has participated in a variety of residencies such as the CFAT local Artist in Residence, University of Windsor Research Residency and the Banff Centre’s Thematic Residencies. Colosimo is the Director of the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University in Halifax where she facilitates over 120 exhibitions a year by NSCAD visiting artists and graduating students.
My work is moving away from themes of nostalgia, dislocation and longing towards a preoccupation with traditionally masculine utilitarian imagery and themes of progress and construction. Committing to the simple materials of cut paper and graphite, I create large-scale drawings and paper sculptures of fences, structures and architecture to explore memory, transitory states and trace imagery. My subjects are temporary utilitarian objects that connote construction, a ‘work in progress’ or the formative states. They are symbols of liminality, thresholds between a previous state of being and the next phase. I am exploring this liminal state; not only through the completion of a work but also during the phases of creation and process.
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