The juxtaposition of shape, colour and line dominates Melanie Lazarow’s artistic process. In this time of crisis and environmental destruction, her art comes from the conviction that our only hope of saving our planet is if we begin to have radical feelings of love and change. Her painting is mainly a slow enchantment with the amazing improbability of life and a desire to help save this planet, because there is no Planet B. Melanie reflects on this proposal in the unique intersections created on rough-textured plywood and three-dimensional objects.
Soviet artists, such as Kasimir Malevich (Black Square 1915) and El Lissitsky (Red Wedge 1919), simplified art into basic elements and developed an approach using pure geometric forms and their relationship to one another set against minimal grounds. This revolutionary way of thinking started a movement where art was separated from the individual creator. Melanie often refers to these constructivists, incorporating shape, colour, line, space, balance and light into her works. Melanie’s less abstract work catches moments, like walking alone at night defying fear. She hopes viewers will be exhilarated by the challenges we face and what might/must yet become possible.
Briefly, we all need to fall in love again.