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Rock, Water, Time
Works by Melissa Kennelly
May 18 – July 2, 2023
Opening Reception: THU, May 18 4-6pm
About the show:
Large scale charcoal paintings explore water’s power to change landscape over time. Images range from glacial, to geologic, to sea, to desert landscapes. The intent of these striking minimalist works is to evoke an emotional response to the epic forces at play as climate and water change landscape at a rate not seen by humans in thousands of years.
About Melissa Kennelly:
Melissa Kennelly uses a simple byproduct of fire – charcoal – to depict water, sky, and landform to strike an emotional chord within the viewer. She develops her skills through observation, self-study, and practice, balanced with a career in law and a love of roaming stark landscapes. Kennelly was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and relocated to Taos in 2004. Her work can be found in private collections in New Mexico and beyond.
Moving into 2023
Recent Works –
My work is charcoal on paper, with the subtleties of fine textures, quiet gradients, and soft contrasts that define my work, focus and process. I continue to experiment with sizes, distances and subject, while staying true to my primary explorations of the elements of water, earth, air and fire. My collection is ever-expanding and will be exhibited more widely in 2023.
December 18, 2022
About My Website –
As I have created more works of art and subsequent inquiries about my work, I decided to have a website created to showcase it. I contacted Taos Web Design and sent samples of what kind of site, look and feel, I wanted and they created a unique layout and presentation that fits my work well. The simplicity of this site is its strength, with the white background and gray color scheme, allowing the subtlety of my work to present clear and beautifully. The site went live December 17th, 2022 and will expand with my collection.