Sweet Surrender


Melanie Cossey

Sweet Surrender

91 cm x 75 cm

My interest and focus as an artist lie in spotlighting the rich palette where human desire and life experience meet. My subjects delve into the world of food, candy, childhood games, antique objects, traditional holiday accoutrements, and other objects that spark the desire of the heart and contribute to the richness and fullness of life.

Best described as contemporary realism, my work seeks to explore the emotional attachment we have to everyday objects as simple vignettes of life. The objects portrayed in my still life readily become powerful catalysts to a world of memories and emotions that are deeply personal to the viewer. I strive to create bold visual images, rich in texture and colour with a strong emphasis on light and dark contrast, as I believe these elements contribute to the emotional impact of the objects themselves. I rely on tight cropping to sensationalize the subject to promote a greater connection between the object and the viewer.
I work in the mediums of soft pastel, acrylic, and oil and range from minuscule to large scale. This range, in size and medium, allows me the freedom to explore the unlimited ways to trigger the human emotional connection through my art.

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Posted on

April 22, 2022