Melinda Schawel is a painter and printmaker who has always been drawn to the physicality of the creative process. Although her works are two-dimensional, sculptural elements are prominent through the addition of assemblage and collage components in her landscape inspired compositions. Melinda tears and rips the paper before building up the composition by further drawing, inking, stamping, drilling, erasing and perforating; “Regardless of the medium, the physicality of the process is extremely cathartic and allows me time to process some of the harsh realities of life but also more importantly to recognize the beautiful, delicate moments that appear in the most unexpected places.”
Born in Illinois, USA, Melinda Schawel received a Bachelor in Fine Art and Communication from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1993 and a Postgraduate Degree in Printmaking from RMIT, Melbourne in 1996. She has undertaken a variety of residencies over the years, most recently at the Art Vault in Mildura and Chiang Mai Art on Paper workshop in Thailand. In 2017, she was a finalist in both the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (People’s Choice Award) and Whyalla Art prize as well as being featured in Art Collector Magazine and being a guest on the Arts Show Podcast. Melinda has exhibited regularly since 1995 and her work is represented in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Artbank and the Royal Museum of Fine Art (Antwerp, Belgium).