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Castle Building

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Castle Building, oil paint and fabric on canvas, 30 x 40 in., 2017.

This painting is part of my Veiling Memoryscapes series. A series of paintings, which explores the concept of collective memory, a memory of a group of people passed down from one generation to the next. These 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.

Where it's been: Exhibited as part of the Mercedes Benz 10th Annual Experiencing Perspectives Exhibition from 2018-19 and exhibited at Gallery 1313 as part of the Summer Emerging Artist Exhibition in 2019.


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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
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