Melanie Pankau

Region: Midwest


City / State: Minneapolis, MN

Our current culture overloads and bombards our senses with instant information, countless images, and distracting consumable objects. However, what is immediately seen and collected cannot be entirely comprehended. To truly understand our experiences we need time and space to reflect. I paint to counter the experience of a fast-paced, technologically saturated culture.

My recent body of work focuses on the perception of space and time. The pale colored backgrounds hold suspended squares, shifting rectangles, and expanding trapezoids to explore how time is perceived and the space for contemplation is experienced. The overlapping planes of color capture moments where quietness is palpable and where the seemingly simple act of slowing down to look allows for reflection.