Melissa Arostegui’s exhibit of mixed media, acrylic, and oil paintings reads like the diary of a stranger. Each composition encourages interaction with its viewers, allowing them to witness a glimpse into the intimacy between the artist and subject. The familiarity of the portraits evokes a nostalgia, as the subjects burst out of the frame, their motion mimicking a candid photograph taken on a disposable camera. Arostegui's tall canvases bend natural perspectives, catching the reflections of a moving bus or jogging pedestrian. Her dimensions incorporate views from skyscrapers and cafe windows, the cropped framing of public transit, humans, and animals allowing a seductive glimpse of a metropolitan neighborhood.
Arostegui carries her intimate approach to city life over to her luscious still lifes, embodying a pursuit to realize the human spirit. As a body of work, Arostegui's paintings humor the viewer's personal memory. She populates an environment familiar to anyone who has gotten pleasantly lost in a city.