Inspired by the works of British and New Zealand modernists, Melanie Mills creates beautiful still life images that seem to defy the very confines of their frames. Having received no formal training in the arts, Mills’ painting style is delightfully naïve, eschewing traditional modes of representation in favour of an idiosyncratic, emergent approach towards depiction.
Millls has described her own painting style as ‘technically challenged, allowing her to work closely with medium. Rather than acting as a master of the oils directing exactly where they should sit, she works with the paints towards the final image. This approach allows an alluring depth of feeling to emerge from her works.
As with the best naïve art, Mills creates a vision of what is felt, rather than what is seen. Mills draws on the colourism, abstract forms and flatness of modernism, engaging in the transformation of the visual world through her work.
Melanie Mills is a British national who emigrated to New Zealand in childhood, she currently lives in Wellington.