I regard my paintings as visual poems that mark the brief, curious moments that punctuate the everyday. In the tradition of still life painting, my paintings arrest time for the sake of contemplating the transient nature of our lives. As Dennis Lee has observed in his exploration of Al Purdy’s poetry, “the everyday physical world can at times seem other-worldly, an alternate galaxy that is both utterly present and wholly transparent, a window into some ineffable dimension where [the individual] is at once lost and at home.” It is this kind of window that I attempt to realize with paint on canvas. My subjects have ranged from vignettes of dirty dishes and vintage ceramic figurines to studies of fish, pond life, and most recently lichen.
Melanie MacDonald lives in downtown St. Catharines and is an active member of the Niagara Artists Centre. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Niagara, Hamilton, London, Kingston, Western New York and Quebec. Her work was selected to appear in Carte Blanche 2: Painting, Magenta Publishing’s national survey of Canadian painters. In 2009 she received a Trillium Excellence in the Arts Emerging Artist Award from the City of St. Catharine. She has been the recipient of numerous Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grants.