MELISSA ENGLISH CAMPBELL

Is an artist currently living in Ohio.

Originally from San Francisco, California.  Melissa has lived and traveled throughout the world.

About her 3D work - Melissa is fascinated by language, and cultural systems which aid communication between individuals.  Raised to speak several languages, her bilingualism gives her insight into how language functions and how the mind works when experiencing a whole new system of words and communication.  Her multilayered 3D work uses layering rhythms to mimic language as a visual alphabet to form meaning.

About her woven paintings - Melissa seeks to introduce chance and intuition into weaving. She begins by painting layers of warps on the loom with undulating organic shapes, and then weaving the paintings together.  As an artist who spends a great deal of time in the weaving studio Melissa has come to see the weavings as systemic formulas, reduced to progressive steps that are more about production than grappling with the unknown. Combining the geometry of weaving, which has a fundamental order, with gesture allows her to undermine the rigid geometric structures she is responding to.

Injecting structure and repetition of weaving with gestural paintings forces the unification of seemingly disparate characteristics of free form expression and geometry. She then highlights the contrast between them, creating work that is about gaining control and then relinquishing it. 

About her work as a whole - Melissa has a particular interest in communication and how little needs to be expressed through physical, visual and verbal cues before the mind enters to complete what may be distorted or missing.  From her experience of changing cultures and countries through moving, as well as learning a new language the themes of structure, disruption, presence and absence are common in her work.