6B Brant Avenue, Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Celina Melo, OCT, BFA, B.Ed
Celina Melo graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours and a Bachelor of Education in 2006. Following graduation, she taught high school visual arts, photography and media arts for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board in Mississauga until 2015. She is a member of Ontario College of Teachers and Visual Arts Mississauga. She currently lives in Mississauga with her husband, two daughters and her yellow Lab.
Painting and photography have been her favourite media; these two interests have come together in her personal painting portfolio.
Melo’s work combines imagery from her photography with texture, traditional painting and poured paint techniques to define the evolving landscape of her canvas or wood panels. The photographic imagery and subsequent pours define the compositional foundation.
Textural depth is important in her pieces, as well as the push and pull depth created by layering the sheen of pouring medium and the matte quality of acrylic paint. Surfaces are built up. Imagery is painted. Paint is poured. The result is an organic and fluid interpretation of the landscape, which meanders between abstraction and realism.
Georgian Bay often acts as muse. Her subject matter often involves water, as she is drawn to its reflective and fluid qualities. Waterworks is an on-going series, which explores the reflective quality of water and sky and their ability to change colour. The inherent movement in water is captured through Melo's process of painting, pouring and pushing her acrylic paints to mimic and create the sensation of movement and colour – to try to recapture the sensation of being in the moment.