"These mask and paintings are a question of who you are and who you pretend to be. Time to take off your Mask, examine it, the fear is alive, and it can only be understood by looking under the surface. What you where was gone, what was will never be the same, Remember the Old Circus is Dead"
OLD CIRCUS IS DEAD
masks and paintings
by Melissa Monroe www.melissamonroeart.com
True Measure Gallery
3022 e burnside st
portland, OR 97214
First Friday Opening
October 6th, 6-10pm
Art, Music, Drinks, Friends
Show runs October 6th-31st
Open by chance daily 1-6pm or by appointment
Portland Open Studio weekends
October 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd 10-5pm
Meet the artist and artist demo
Melissa Monroe will be showing her large masks and instillation pieces for the show along with new paintings, photography, video and performance. She will also be releasing a new catalog to coincide with the show.
Monroe shares a studio with artist Jesse Reno, they also run the gallery portion showing local and international artists taking no commission from the artist. Building and supporting a culture and community in Portland.
About Melissa Monroe
My artwork is an emotional display, vulnerable for anyone to see. Figures showing their authentic selves to find themselves, behind their outward appearance they hide; look closely and they become a mirror into who you are. A journey into the past and future. A history of a land that no-one can remember, a place that has been forgotten and a puzzle to learn the future.
I am a full time artist from Portland and mother to 3 kids age 10 and under. I started painting less than 4 years ago and have been full time for 3 of them. I paint everyday and have created over 1000 pieces of art. The majority of them have sold internationally and in the states. Painting is my passion and has changed my life
My paintings always start without a plan or a sketch. Instead I start by building color and layering shape until inspired to pull a shape forward or to stay abstract. The masks are made from papermache and other mix media items and also start with out a plan, forming and becoming as they are made.
I believe constant change is important to a creative process and to stay inspired. I am always evolving finding new inspiration, methods and compositions. Currently I have been focused on painting pictures of circus like animals with a vintage feel. Starting as an inspiration from 1920's folk amusement park masks and now morphing into imagery from my life and combining with my more abstract style.