Melanie Deal

Region: Midwest


City / State: Evanston, IL

Many of my collages are based on patchwork quilt patterns because I’m drawn to grids, tessellations, and repeated shapes. I reinforce this repetition through colors and materials. Because patterns tend to be orderly and predictable, I like to add unexpected elements for humorous or ironic effect.

My work is influenced by a lifelong love of comic books, paper dolls, gumball-machine trinkets, board games, television, literature, and music. I use various types of paper and found objects, or everyday items. I often use photocopies to add to the sense of repetition. My only agenda is to express my perspective on topics that interest or amuse me. Sometimes the topic is simply color and pattern.