Caterpillar, oil and wood on panel, 24" x 24", 2003

Melissa Newman earned her BFA at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She was awarded her MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa in May 2003.

Caterpillar, an example of painter Melissa Newman's brand of hard-edged abstraction, plays with the viewer's sense of perception. She couples single-point perspective that mimics the way we perceive recession in space and painted representations of light playing off a flat surface with half-round molding which juts out from the painted surface into the viewer's real space. The shift between trompe l'oeil* devices and three-dimensional elements engages viewers in a visual and mental game; they are forced to question whether they can trust their eyes to perceive the veracity of what is before them.
*a French term meaning, literally, "fool the eye"

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