Calgary based artist Shelley McMillan exhibits two very different bodies of work. For Shelley, each discipline is integral to the other. Her abstract works give her freedom to explore and play with various mediums, colours, shapes and texture, which in turn help her form and compose her expressive landscapes.
One Artist – Two Visions
Imagination and Reality
My newest works over the past year reflect the desire to create freely, and the need to show reality. My landscapes have always represented the beauty that I see around me. My abstractions represent how I imagine and perceive things; differently, distorted, mildly disturbing, often unrecognizable as anything in particular.
The assemblages reflect perfectly my desire to show off what I find beautiful. Redefining and reshaping human and natural creations that are on their way to destruction. Everything comes and goes. Nothing remains as it was, and the breakdown is what interests me - animal bones, rocks, driftwood, man-made items that are no longer useful for their original purpose or design. Beauty is in every stage of the natural march toward ashes and dust.