The HeArt Box has started out the month of May with the show, “Progression” by Alexandra Melina, an emerging local Flagstaff painter. Her work has brought so much light and beauty with color and the human form. Each piece telling a story and showing the progression of her work over the years, with some very recent showstoppers such as “Bubble Gum Fields” and “Trinity”. These two pieces showcase her ability to capture the female form as well as an emotion unique in her own. There is a suddlety in her work, even in the bolder pieces leaving a little to the imagination. They really are special to gaze upon. I asked Alexandra a few questions about her work and this is her response below.
Alexandra, how did you get started painting?
“Painting came to me as a somewhat natural evolution of creativity yet totally unexpected. I worked with many other mediums throughout childhood and adolescence (mostly graphite, inks and some digital) but I had mostly limited myself to personal expression and shared very little. It wasn’t until a friend and fellow artist introduced me to painting a few years ago that I ever tried it and in turn fell in love with it. I felt confident and connected to it.”
What inspires you?
“It is a combination of the observable and hidden parts of life that strike me. Colors and texture versus emotion, for example. People and conversation inspire me, as well memories and poetry. Recently collage art and the idea of piecing together several components at once is also having its affects on me. “Trinity” is my first completed attempt at this concept.”
How does modeling and painting influence each other, if so? Any connection or thoughts on being an artist yourself and then working with other creative, wearing their work?
“Modeling, and designers alike encourage me to push the limits of my own creativity, and to broaden my idea of art. Fabric as a medium is stunning and appears highly complex, two things that offer room for inspiration and challenge. When given the opportunity to connect with fashion designers and stylists I find I am generally curious about their process and the “why” behind what they choose to create. On top of that I value the open conversation fashion creates between model and designer, which tends to leave me inspired and honored to be a living component in their visions. Fashion, painting, designers and artists in general all appear connected in my mind. “
Does your artwork tell any stories or messages, any underlying themes?
“I tend to view my pieces as a means to relieve conflict. I often pair geometric and organic shapes in attempt to demonstrate chaos. When I am in a harsh mood or experiencing something unfavorable I explore balance through opposing colors and shapes with a goal in mind to create fluidity and softness amongst something that at its core may be jagged, shattered or misaligned.”
How do you see form, the human figure?
I see the human figure as something brilliant yet often taken for granted. I am infatuated with it as a whole. It’s ability to heal, to move, to survive and to go through changes. In art of course the body is a timeless design, both its abilities and form itself are mesmerizing. Even suggestion of human form or simple outlines help connect me to my work, and hopefully it connects the viewer as well.
Progression is on display until June 1st with limited hours, appointments available upon request. To follow more of Alexandra Melina’s work she is on Instagram @amk_artworks.