I explore the relationship between interior and exterior space, the interior being intimate and personal, the exterior being immense—the universe, the cosmos. My paintings represent the near and the far, the view through a telescope, the view through a microscope, the sheltering sky, the intimate forest.
To call my paintings landscapes would be misleading since they are inventions of my imagination and reference the world of nature rather than depict it literally. I create worlds full of images that float, hover, creep, spin, hang, roll or sleep in corners. Space is organic and time is non-linear—a group of different objects moving through the picture plane at various rates of speed, in opposite directions, some gliding slowly and others whirring as if in a blender. There is a sense that the activity continues outside the borders of the paintings as the forms flirt with the edges or get chopped off by them. Some forms are only just coming into being while others have already 'come out' and some just like to watch.
By virtue of their inability to be fully identified, the objects remain in the realm of the poetic.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Melinda Hackett was born in New York City. She graduated from Hobart William Smith College and got her MFA at Parsons-New School. She has exhibited widely, at Mark Humphrey Gallery, Peter Marcelle Gallery, and Jeff Lincoln Art and Design, Southampton, NY; Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY; Cade Tompkins Gallery, Providence, RI; Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY; and Scott Richards Contemporary, San Fransisco, CA, among others. She has had solo shows at John Molloy Gallery, McGrath Galleries, and Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY; Estia Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY; 4 North Main Gallery, Southampton, NY; Thirteen Gallery, Danbury, CT. She is in the permanent collection at The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY.
Hackett is on the board of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., where she is a part-time resident printmaker. She lives in New York City and Southampton, NY.