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Melissa Doherty

Melissa Doherty

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Studio 305C, The Tannery, 121 Charles St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H
Kitchener, ON N2H3T4

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I'm a full-time visual artist, working primarily with painting, and contemporary landscape. I'm based in Kitchener, Ontario, with my studio at the Tannery. BIO: Melissa Doherty is a mid-career artist who graduated with an Honours B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Waterloo. She is included in the Magenta publication Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, a survey of contemporary Canadian painters, and was short-listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been included in exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Christinerose Gallery, New York. Solo exhibitions include the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke, Quebec, the Doris McCarthy Art Gallery, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University and most recently the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including Sir Elton John, BMO, the University of Toronto, and RBC. Throughout my practice I have been interested in the grand tradition of landscape painting, and it’s sentiments of identity and potential. My work has been a back and forth transition from painting landscape from a ground perspective to an aerial perspective. Instead of traditionally looking outward at an expansive, panoramic frontier, the Aerial paintings gaze downward, hovering over intimate, introspective spaces. With titles such as Vignette, Viewfinder and The View, the Aerial series reflects a notion of landscape in which we are above it, increasingly unconnected and distanced from it. My work considers how our contemporary culture manipulates and rearranges the landscape omnipotently, as in an architectural model, displacing and supplanting landscape. I’m interested in the idea of facade and artifice in landscaping, as a metaphor for identity.

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