Melanie Comber

My painting process involves the application of very thick oil paint and loose pigment to a surface. I draw and scrape into the painted surface to create a three dimensional landscape which stands proud from the canvas surface. I then dust loose pigment across the surface of the work to illuminate every mark achieved through the painting process.The work gets rotated and reworked over a period of time until I begin to find the place that I am searching for.
There are uncertain illusions of scale that my process creates. Each work asks the viewer where they are in relation to the work. Are they exploring an aerial view of Mars or the electro-magnification of a mould specimen? Is it a photograph? Is it scientific? Is it geography? Is it geology? My work exists in three dimensions, somewhere between the physicality of painting and the illusion of photography.
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