Oil on paper
Framed under plexiglass in black wood to 19.25" x 25.25"
Mealnie Delgado is an iunstructor at the Woodstock School of Art
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT
Melanie Delgado was born and raised in Morris County, NJ. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley region of NY with her husband Marc Delgado & their daughter Mary where she has been focusing on her abstract oil paintings. From spray paint to oil sticks, Melanie uses playfulness, a child-like vision and a heavy dose of street art to bring her voice to the canvas, door, window or piece of wood. Her background has been in the field of education ranging from high school to preschool. She instructs young artists at the Woodstock School of Art.
These paintings have many layers. Typically they start with chaotic movements, sometimes drawn with her eyes closed. The layers begin to evolve as the paint is applied, scraped off, reapplied and moved until it feels just right. Delgado works on multiple pieces at a time, constantly exploring color combinations and levels of interest in a particular line or area of the work. Although she works on multiple pieces they don’t necessarily relate or communicate with one another. Living in the woods of the Hudson Valley Melanie is influenced by the sounds, sights and tastes of trees, dirt, critters and the deep history of the artists who came before her.
She’s interested in other mediums such as metal work, wood sculpture, and recycled installations. Melanie continues to be drawn to strange- thrown away objects’, the rust and its potential keep her digging. Delgado is curious about the stories behind the dilapidated fence, the overgrown pines and what comes next.