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Leaving The World Behind

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Leaving The World Behind, oil paint and fabric on unstretched canvas, 31 x 41 in., 2018.

This painting is part of my Interwoven Histories series. A series of tapestry styled paintings, which are the recounting of different stories and moments from my family’s history, being expressed simultaneously. I incorporate fabric taken from traditional sari dresses into parts of the imagery, which not only references my cultural heritage, but also acts as an inhibiter, preventing the viewer from fully seeing the detail of the painting underneath. This relates back to the struggle we have recalling our own memories and wanting to remember something more clearly but being physically unable to do so. My family’s collective memories are a diluted combination of thoughts, feelings, and events and are not an accurate account of reality, which I find to be very fascinating. I take this already distorted account of reality and further reimagine it in my own mind, creating my own fabricated memory or story represented through painting.

Where it's been: Exhibited as part of the 103rd Annual Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University and featured in Into the Void Magazine Issue 13 (print and online version)


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Melissa Patel is a Toronto based artist who works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography. She was born and raised in Canada and her multicultural background has been a key influence in her work as she explores themes of family, identity, memory, heritage, and her relationship to nature and , ... View full profile

Toronto, ON
Partial artist since 2019

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