My name is Melanie and I am a contemporary visual artist based in Singapore. Lee Mei is the name given by my textile artist grandmother and I use it as my artist name.
As an artist, I love to explore the heart and mind by capturing feelings and thoughts through painting abstractly.
My current abstract paintings are created by allowing the paints to seep into paper with a wild abandoned approach. I use water-based mediums as it allows for light, translucency and elements of uncertainty in my painting process. Thereafter, I bring the colour-soaked papers together through collage layering to form an abstract landscape.
Through the process of exploring into my heart and mind, I come to embrace parts of myself that are both good and not so good. I also realise that our emotional and mental world is like a vast complex landscape of its own. This process has been liberating and I feel it has allowed for greater self-acceptance and being more connected with myself.
Similarly, through my paintings, I hope to inspire others to embrace a gentle awareness of just being. When looking at the paintings, I invite you to pause and reflect on your surroundings; then listen to your heart by feeling what is present and listen with your eyes.
To me, this makes the experience of enjoying art meaningful.