Native Memphian, Melissa Dunn, will show 18 new paintings and works on paper in an exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens' Mallory and Wurtzburger Galleries, titled, Looking for One Thing, Finding Another. Dunn's study will illustrate her artistic concentration and personal fascination in the abstract. With impressive technique, she utilizes the basic foundations of color and shape to illustrate how the routine of everyday life can generate emotional responses both subtle and intricate.
"Even though I paint abstractly, content is important to my work. I work with the intention that someone other than myself will be inspired to discover their own emotional landscape and their own relationship to the world," Dunn says in her artist's statement.
A graduate of the University of Memphis, she was selected for 2009's Tennessee Abstract Painting exhibition at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, and the 52nd Annual Delta Exhibit at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock among numerous other local, regional, and national exhibitions, including one in Germany.
This Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. will be the opening reception for Dunn's exhibit, organized by Associate Curator Julie Pierotti, running from October 23rd to January 16th. The artist will be present to discuss her work and Memphis band, The Sultana, will perform.