Melissa Staiger
Cementa Artwork at Birds Hut

Made in BKLYN for the BUSH

Materials | Acrylic on canvas

Made in BKLYN for the BUSH is a large colourful intuitive painting on unstretched canvas with cut-out shapes which allow the forest floor of the outdoor site to peek through and become part of the work. From imagination in her Brooklyn studio, Staiger painted colour to sync with the energy of the ecosystem of this place she has never been to. She is excited to think about wildlife sniffing the work at night and, during the day, humans looking at her work submerged in nature.

1. Melissa Staiger, Expansion II, 2015. Acrylic paint on birch panel. Photo: Robert Costello.
1. Melissa Staiger, Expansion II, 2015. Acrylic paint on birch panel. Photo: Robert Costello.
Melissa Staiger's bio:

Melissa Staiger is a Brooklyn, New York City based artist and independent curator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute. Group shows include ABC No Rio, Arts@Renaissance, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Heliopolis Project, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, The Painting Center, Schema Projects, Sideshow Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Ventana 244, and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery. Solo shows include Janet Kurnatowski Gallery and Trestle Projects in New York City. She was selected for the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, in 2013, and Curator-in-Residence at Trestle Projects, in 2015–16.

‘Pluripotent’ is the scientific name of cells having knowledge to reproduce themselves and grow new cells. My abstract work encompasses basic shapes such as wavy lines, organic shapes and circles. These forms are not only the building blocks of the cosmos, but also powerful symbols that have been used in many cultures all over the world. I am interested in working with a variety of mediums and materials focusing on colour, textures and movement. I work with natural stones, found objects and colours that conduct energy.