January 10 - February 14, 2020
Reception: Friday, January 17, 5-7 PM
Melissa Oresky’s art practice is rooted in painting and collage, and her primary output is paintings on canvas and mixed media works on paper. She has also made prints, artist’s books, and beginning in 2011, began a practice making works in moving image, often in collaboration with her spouse, Zak Boerger, a musician.
Her current work, ongoing since 2014, is focused on plants, their forms, and their modes of being. Rather than directly imaging plants, her work is an attempt to connect to a sort of plantlike process in the studio. Her kinship with plant life began as a child when her mother, in graduate school for botany, took her on wildflower hunts where they would carry her mother’s textbooks, identify and collect specimen, and press these plants into the books. This longstanding and growing plant awareness accompanies a growing ecological awareness.
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