"DAUGHTER OF THE WIND,
comes from the Greek flower name, Anemone.
This concept became the central theme as I was working,
because it’s thought that this flower opens only when the wind blows.
To me that is a beautiful and powerful metaphor of transformation."
Melissa Herrington, June 2014
Inspired by the sea, travel, color and texture.
Azure waves. Cloudless traveler lost in days of dream and birdsong float on turquoise seashells. Cuts polished catkins reflecting yellow, grasping leafy ribbons drift a washed rained pink.
My aim is to create paintings that are hopeful, contemplative and evocative. The organic quality of my textured marks lends an ephemeral feeling, images imply fluidity. This “unfinished” surface represents an unfolding of possibility. I put pigment on the surface in systematic layers. I layer this surface, then take away a part. I use the transparent stains and the opaqueness of color. What becomes important is the development of remains. A process of disintegration and reformation. The method of building and subtracting is like the layering of old wall surfaces for me; scraping, repainting, preparing the surface to do it again. Like wallpaper, like a palimpsest, paint is applied and removed, painted over again but always leaving something behind, layers suggested underneath the surface.
My work examines the theme of transformation. Floating colors and unsteady shapes, fluid movements through layers that linger above a cauldron of speckled sea; like a wave, objects appear in flux, layer upon layer, melding together, creating something new, a cycle of disintegration and reformation. Elements appear light, transitory or nearly transparent, these figures and images are in the process of becoming. At first sight, my images seem simple or still “in process”. Often they are shadowed figures, carvings, and sketched drawings using acrylic or a combination of mixed media, painted on a either a wooden support or raw canvas. I attempt in my mark making to capture the way events might be perceived through a fluid memory. Certain things maybe recalled and described in exquisite detail, but other information is forgotten, lost, or obscured, all within the hope of new possibilities.