Melinda Cootsona

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I believe the figure exudes the most emotional content of any subject matter. People directly connect to figurative work; it’s a very personal experience. I purposely place my figures in ambiguous environments so that each viewer can respond with their own story and interpretation. My figures are often painted on top of abstract paintings and reworked many times so that there is a history to each canvas for the viewer to experience.

I prefer a sense of some mystery in the work. Of something occurring just “off-stage” that we aren’t quite sure of.