How to describe the works of Mel Douglas? I would start off by saying they’re not especially showy. If I saw one from across the room, it likely wouldn’t pull me in. But as I moved closer to the piece as I would naturally, I would notice it and the closer I got to it the more it would pull me. I guess you could call that “gravity”.
What does it tell us when it’s difficult to classify a particular artist’s work? Or when the work can be classified with a few words but the words are at odds with one another? I think this is a sign that the artist spends an immense amount of time on details. I think there’s a good chance the artist is a perfectionist. To the perfectionist, all details are important no matter what size.
Mel Douglas delivered a very interesting talk at Bullseye Gallery on August 13, 2014. She discusses themes she likes to explore, inspirations, and her own traits that make the work possible.
Later on in the talk, you’ll also hear her say that she’s been experimenting with color, and that she’s been increasing the scale of her works. You’ll also hear her talk about the effort and consciousness she’s put into designing the perfect sake set.
Listen to the full talk here: