Melinda's ornate decorating style is part and parcel of her overall flair for creating an almost baroque opulence with a flamboyant twist. As a large format painter, sculptor, brooch and handbag maker, and a long-term collector of crockery, vintage trinkets, garden ornaments and all sorts of interesting adornments, she knows how to put it all into the mix to make a major expressive statement.
The most striking aspect of her heavily ornate decorative work is the breadth of influences she draws from: orthodox religious iconography, both Christian and Hindu, as well as Hawaiian and Islander sprinklings, a bit of Texan and Mexican; you name it - It's all there, and most surprisingly of all, it really works. Her colour palette involves predominantly primary colours, such as emerald green, royal blue, turquoise, ruby red and marone, but then she shakes things up here and there with musky pink and gilt gold, and generous layerings of glittering decorations. Among all of this, of course, is her own very powerful art-work. It's a lot to soak up in one viewing, but very warm and surprisingly whimsical - a lot like Melinda herself.
In our next post on Melinda's artistic output and visual splendour, we'll focus on the way she views things, how she came to develop this unique style and what it means to her. She's a magnificent talent, and we at Polly Provincial are awed by her work with multi-media, all of which she curates with aplomb. We hope you will be too.