Rachel Mello

Rachel Mello

Rachel Mello

That Space Between Flying and Falling
installation view
oil and oil pastel on hard-board cut to silhouette, cast shadows
Photo: Will Howcroft

My favorite work has always been work that travels in that space between representation and abstraction. I’ll start with a very literal drawing of a utility pole with all its junctures and geometries, reduce it to silhouette, and paint it with dramatic skies. I’m overlaying places in the world with emotional landscapes, sliding between what is seen and what is felt. In my most recent major set of paintings, I started introducing oil-pastel drawing and lines into the painting. I’m all experimentation these days, expanding my media and tools in exciting directions.

Lately I’ve been working in whimsy, too: Cat-shapes painted with nebulae, foxes and bees pieced out of advertising banners. There are some lessons in there I’m learning about different ways to create a shape and evoke a feeling—and larger lessons about letting go.

Visit Rachel Mello’s website at www.rachelmello.com