exhibitions

mixed media

26 May - 13 June 2005

about the exhibition

Melinda Schawel is a painter and printmaker, as well as a seasoned traveller, who is inspired by her cultural experiences and the ways in which people communicate. Her current work is about communication via correspondence. While residing in Europe for the past four years, she has been collecting letters, postcards and photographs, dating back to the late 1800s. The works in this exhibition explore the timeless and universal qualities inherent in the found documents. They are a connection to the past but also describe events and places we can relate to in the present day. There is still a need to correspond about the events in our daily lives but electronic media has drastically altered the ways in which we communicate. These works are a reminder of the investment once made in personal relationships – putting pen to paper, buying a stamp, trekking to the post office.

Born in Illinois, USA, Melinda Schawel received a BA in Fine Art and Communication from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1993 and a Postgraduate Degree in Printmaking from RMIT in 1996. She has exhibited regularly since 1995 and has been selected for a number of large commissions including the Westin Hotel, Sydney and the Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne. Her work has been published by Murtra Edicions in Spain and is represented in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium.

exhibition images

  • 3. $935 The only way is up - mixed media on paper, 66.5 x 51cm

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  • 5. $580 Carte postale - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 7. $580 Mademoiselle Regina Br√ľndler - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 8. $580 Return to sender - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 9. $580 Crossroads - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 10. $580 And the world turns - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 11. $580 Mein lieber Hans - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 12. $580 Almost lost - mixed media on wood, 40 x 30cm

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  • 13. $1,320 Pay attention - mixed media on wood, 75 x 100cm

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  • 16. $275 From Kasterlee XVIX - mounted etching, edition 1 of 1, 24 x 32cm

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  • 19. $275 From Kasterlee XXII - mounted etching, edition 1 of 1, 32 x 31cm

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  • 20. $275 From Kasterlee XXIII - mounted etching, edition 1 of 1, 24 x 32cm

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  • 22. $275 From Kasterlee XXV - mounted etching, edition 1 of 1, 32 x 24cm

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  • 24. $275 From Kasterlee XXVII - mounted etching, edition 1 of 1, 24 x 32cm

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  • 25. $275 From Kasterlee I - mounted etching, edition 15 of 30, 32 x 31cm

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  • 26. $275 From Kasterlee IV - mounted etching, colour proof, edition of 30, 32 x 24cm

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  • 26. $275 From Kasterlee IV - mounted etching, colour proof, edition of 30, 32 x 24cm

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  • 28. $275 From Kasterlee II - mounted etching, edition 15 of 30, 32 x 24cm

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  • 31. $310 From Firenze to Trieste - etching, edition 2 of 20, 30 x 30cm (unframed $220)

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