December 6, 2016 – January 6, 2017

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to announce the latest hall exhibit by painter Melanie Norris from November 28, 2016 – December 6, 2017. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Melanie focuses on the quiet chaos of the mind and translates her observations onto the canvas.

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Norris states:

“There are impulsive gestures layered overtop a subdued background as a means of depicting an appetitive, animalistic self.  Yet the fluidity of the watercolor maintains that the body itself is not existence; it is only a vessel animated by the soul within.  The body and soul are invariably linked in a constant pushing and pulling relationship. As one ages, weight and gravity cause the body to fall slowly back toward the earth while the soul reaches ever higher, seeking lightness.”

“My work is a constant evolution of personal life mixed with a study of psychology.  My subjects represent an ambiguity that allows the viewer to relate with the raw emotion in each painting – to connect abstractly and viscerally to something that lives somewhat repressed in all of us.”