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Melissa Patel

BFA 2019

Castle Building

Oil paint and fabric on canvas, 2017, 40"w x 30"h

My paintings explore the idea of how collective memory informs my relationship to my cultural heritage, which is represented through the merging of the different landscapes and environments taken from family photographs. By combining different perspectives I create a new narrative separate from reality. This new narrative is fragmented and ever-changing. I veil parts of my paintings with traditional fabrics in order to imbue them with even more sentimental value and to further break the image apart so that it can be filled with new possibilities.

Melissa Patel - Castle Building

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in 2020 in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so for another year, through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.