Back to School: What I have been up to…

Since starting my workshop at Art League Houston, I haven’t been able to look at my current pieces the same. I am learning, experimenting, collaborating and evolving. It is a very exciting time, so I am happy to share with you one of the pieces I have completed during through this experience.

We were given Jo Ann Fleischhauer: Sexual Selection installation as our point of inspiration. The numerous hand-made umbrellas, integrating bold colours and manipulated MRI scans offered a unique starting point.

Jo Ann Fleischhauer: Sexual Selection

The project is inspired by the evolutionary process of the Birds-of-Paradise known as sexual selection, where females choose their mate based on the shape, color and display of the males’ plumage, and have ultimately determined the species’ diverse and exotic variations. The installation explores ideas of visual aesthetics, in particular the function of beauty and features over one hundred brightly colored parasols that are hung throughout the trees. (Source: Art League Houston)

Off I went conceptualising. What I captured while admiring Fleischhauer’s piece was the contrasted layers of the industrial building, the organic nature of the trees and branches, and the bold bright material of the umbrellas.


Abstract Art by Melissa Cosentini

While I did stay in my comfort zone, of geometry, I ventured into the art of collaging, using magazine print paper that was treated with a marbling technique. Lots of layering, and patience! The straight, shade lines reflect the industrial backdrop.  The center collage is layered with natural tones to reflect the trees branches and leaves while the raised bursts of colour represent the hand made umbrellas.

The beauty of abstract is that you can create beyond the image you see, that you can take the meaning, the symbolism of what is around you and capture it through colour and texture. I get so much out of creating pieces like this, pieces that allow me to absorb my surroundings.

What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to learn and evolve.


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