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Melissa Helene
Mélange of Milieu
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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  • Breaking the Surface
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
10" x 8" 

    Breaking the Surface

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    10" x 8"
  • King of the Land
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
9" x 12" 

    King of the Land

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    9" x 12"
  • Wild On The Ice
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
9" x 12" 

    Wild On The Ice

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    9" x 12"
  • On The Edge
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
8" x 8" 

    On The Edge

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    8" x 8"
  • Three Little Pigs
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
8" x 10" 

    Three Little Pigs

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    8" x 10"
  • Golded Headed Lion Tamarin
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
8" x 8" 

    Golded Headed Lion Tamarin

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    8" x 8"
  • Green Iguana
Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
12" x 16" 

    Green Iguana

    Ink & Clay on Scratchboard
    12" x 16"
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Melissa Helene

MELISSA HELENE

Mélange of Milieu
June 14 – July 5, 2016
Reception: Thursday, June 16, 2016 6-8 PM

Using ink and clay on scratchboard, Melissa Helene creates black and white images with great attention to realism. Her works are often bathed in pure darkness or covered in luminous white, the dominant shade contrasted with a darker or lighter subject. When dark, each image shows a creature shining on an inky background. Pigs, frogs, and many other animals gleam, appearing to emerge from the darkness. In lighter-based images, dark snouts and trees stretching away from the snow-covered ground break up each composition and create points of focus.  Whether she is depicting landscapes or individuals, Helene focuses on the smallest details, with attention to what makes every individual or moment unique. Even as she creates each image with careful stippling and fine lines, Helene imbues her work with a dramatic attention to light, composition, and contrast. Helene balances control and subtlety in shading with the illusive personality of her subjects.

Working from Illinois, Helene creates her work with a mind both towards the unique value of each subject and with attention to issues of sustainability, conservation, and endangered species.