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Melanie Siegel is interested in the interplay between nature and the products of human making. Organic forms of growth and landscapes encounter human interventions, structures of order, and subdivisions of space. The scenarios in her pictures are suffused with the calm aesthetic of parallel worlds that surround us. The pictorial spaces are usually composed of several planes; vistas open up that reveal fragmentary views of what is in the distance. There is a surreal air to the motifs, but they remain anchored to reality by their peculiar verisimilitude. The artist takes inspiration from real scenes in the visible world around her; as she paints, her imagination effects a series of alterations that yield a reenvisioned reality.

 

Between Paradise and Formation – Frontiers in Modern Landscape Painting

by Anne Simone Krüger, M.A.