November 15, 2019 - Melissa Doherty: Losing Ground
Playing with scale, perspective and the sculptural aspects of painting, Kitchener-Waterloo based artist Melissa Doherty challenges our perceptions of both landscape and landscape painting. In her recent exhibition called Losing Ground, Doherty examines the way natural elements are removed from the ground and displayed in containers and planters, on rooftops and green walls, to explore the facade and artifice in the constructed landscape. She considers how this positions the natural landscape as one step removed from the ground that sustains it, creating a veneer of landscape. In her talk, Melissa will also make reference to a body of work called Cloud Witness that was exhibited in 2017 at Open Sesame Gallery. Cloud Witness is about intersections: between the sky and the earth, between the spiritual and the material, between the realm of the mind and the realm of the body, between differing perspectives and identities, between the short-sighted view and the broad perspective. Melissa Doherty is one of four artists participating in a creation residency called One Art supported by Inter Arts Matrix.