Deep Vale

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Deep Vale
watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 16.25x13”

Night Message

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Night Message
watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 16.25x13”

Burning Bush

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Burning Bush
watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 16.25x13”

Ring Path

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Ring Path
watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 16.25x13”

Fiddlehead

$4,000
Melissa Thorne
Fiddlehead
acrylic on linen on panel, 28.75x23"

Fiddlehead I

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Fiddlehead I
watercolor and gouache on paper, 14.75x14.75"

Widow's Peak

$1,400
Melissa Thorne
Widow's Peak
watercolor and gouache on paper, 14.75x14.75"


Bio

Melissa Thorne's work examines the relationship between domestic space and visual phenomena, using pattern as a cultural indicator of history and identity.

"In this series, I've experimented with patterns taken from Shaker chair weaving, using observed color and pattern as a starting point.  I've combined these visual cues with an interest in the Shaker approach to drawing, a sacred act meant to record divine communication to the receiver.  My goal is to merge the simplicity and austerity of Shaker textile palettes and patterns, with the ecstatic visions and idiosyncratic techniques in Shaker drawings.  Therefore, in my drawings, the simple patterns become dimensional, or the palette shifts toward metallic, pearlescent, or synthetic colors.  My goal is to create a visual experience that is simultaneously familiar and unknown, referencing both the memory and physical nearness of known objects, as well as the activation of fantasy or day-dreaming."

Thorne lives and works in upstate New York. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums, artist-run collectives and public spaces; including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gridspace (Brooklyn), Optical Project (Houston), Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), and Galerie Anke Schmidt (Cologne), among others. She has received residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Ucross Foundation and the Santa Fe Art institute; as well as a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Thorne received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Thorne teaches as an Assistant Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY.