Still-life drawings of toys and figurines are the subject matter included in Melodie Provenzano’s artwork, but their arrangements and iconography are the crux of it. These meticulously rendered compositions allow a brief glimpse into the artist’s personal world. They function as dreamscapes that offer many interpretations but are based upon root emotions like love, longing, and hope. Set forth as mock dramas, the paintings tell a tale that oscillates between fantasy and reality, accomplishment and disappointment, understanding and bewilderment. They build narrative momentum as the audience begins to assign meaning to the objects, and unravel the specificity of the icons. Deciphering each painting and drawing, the viewer begins to see the ‘bigger picture’ as they assess and assert how the set-ups that are drawn from life actually imitate it.
Melodie has exhibited in groups shows such as "Still Life" at Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC, "Playing Around" at The Brattleboro Museum, VT, "Champagne & Baloney" at Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, "Singles" at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA and has had solo shows with Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC, Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, MD and Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, IL.