Charcoal on birch
This piece began from the shapes in the grain naturally seen within the wood. Looking at the wood and wanting to understand what it wants to say. I originally saw a monkey-like face, mainly the eyes. As I continued to develop the drawing, I added lines encompassing the “monkey” to resemble trees and organic shapes which represent the natural world in which we live. The lines and shapes grew into a silhouette of a woman. My vision shifted to see an owl face, and then, ovaries and a uterus. Life.
I always intended to have the basis for this to be a yin-yang. Using that symbolization to bring attention to the need for balance, balance which is currently being lost in so many arenas. However, I chose to have it remain more in the background on this one. It feels as if the value of maintaining balance has become unimportant and is compromised. Leaving so many things compromised along with it.
This piece is one voice addressing all that Plight.
In the first image, you can see the grain of the wood which I started with. Then, adding the tree/dress form around it. The third image, further development.
Melissa Perhamus is a visual artist who currently physically lives in PA, but mentally can be anywhere at any given moment.