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Shapes of the City: Paintings & Surface-Void Compositions by Rachel Mello

Shapes of the City: Paintings & Surface-Void Compositions by Rachel Mello

“Trained first as an architect, then as a set designer, my work has a structured design sensibility interwoven with my painter’s approach. A decade working in theatrical and industrial scene shops shaped my artwork: the layers upon layers of ghosted outlines on the paint deck, the result of hundreds of odd-shaped pieces of scenery having been painted then removed, struck me and influenced my vision. I am also deeply influenced by Japanese stencil-cut artwork and by decorative architectural ironwork from around the world.

“My pieces are composed of surface, silhouette, and void, which I create by cutting board, then painting the surface with oil paints, always thinking of that layered silhouetting of paint, and of the layers of an old city like layers of memory building up to inform a rich present. I am content to allow a viewer to find his own way into my work, and discover the small details that are important to me, on a second or third viewing.”

Through March 27th at CCTV's Drive-by-Gallery, 675 Massachusetts Avenue, entrance on Prospect Street