Artist Statement

I am an explorer of the heart and mind and I capture feelings and thoughts through painting abstractly. Just as our emotions are complex layers, I peel them out layer by layer like an onion, to have a place to be seen, heard and hopefully felt. Visually, my works tends to resemble abstract landscape paintings. 

For me, they hold an element of surprise as they are a reminisce of distant memories and recollections from the past.

Stirrings below the surface paper series is a continuation from my experiments with layering torn paper and paint.  I used heavyweight cold pressed watercolour paper as my main medium. The paper are abstractly seeped with watercolour (occasionally acrylics) and brought together to form abstract landscapes. These layered paintings are explorations into my emotions and memories of both conscious and unconscious imagination.

Contradictions paper series was my first foray into creating art with layered torn papers, watercolour and acrylics. I had started out wishing to inspire with creating works that bring a sense of calm and inner peace. Ironically, the works did not turn out that way and instead I found turmoil and unrest creeping into the works. Nevertheless, I accepted it as it gave rise to an unexpected dimension to the artworks. I relate to the collaged layers as an unfolding of the inner-self, seeing the works transform from flat paper into "relief" artworks with the layers of coloured paper ends protruding out of an even surface.

Four out of six Contradictions paper series will be exhibited at Maya Gallery, Singapore this 18 to 28 July, titled Liquid Light: An Exhibition of Contemporary Watercolours. I take this opportunity to invite readers from Singapore to come and view the show. Click here to get details or drop me a note indicating your interest at melanie@gooileemei.com

 
   
  
   
  
    
  
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  From  Stirrings below the surface  paper series.      A distant memory  -  detail

From Stirrings below the surface paper series. 

A distant memory -  detail

 
 From  Contradictions  paper series.     Contradiction I  -  detail

From Contradictions paper series. 

Contradiction I -  detail