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Catherine Mellinger: Deep Salt Water
September 22–November 4, 2017

Catherine Mellinger: Deep Salt Water 

September 22–November 4, 2017

Reception: Friday, September 22, 7PM

Catherine Mellinger and Marianne Apostolides in Conversation: Sunday, October 22, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

 

Catherine Mellinger's mixed-media collage works create something of beauty from what might not be perceived as beautiful: trauma, loss, and mental illness. This suite of collages, created for the book Deep Salt Water (BookThug, 2017) by Marianne Apostolides, began with an exchange between the artist and writer based on a series Mellinger created to explore her experience with clinical postpartum anxiety. 

Throughout Deep Salt Water, a stirring memoir of abortion, love, and loss, Apostolides layers imagery from the ocean, connecting its pollution and imperilled life with a personal grief. Mellinger's mixed-media collages work within the construct of this story to ask us to pause and reflect on a woman's personal power and the loss of her power, partnered with the loss of our world's largest resource: the ocean.

 

About the artist:

Catherine Mellinger is a collage and mixed-media artist, arts facilitator, and Expressive Arts Therapist. Her works have been published in literary magazines, and she has been commissioned by musicians, writers, and private collectors. She recently had a suite of works published in Marianne Apostolides's book Deep Salt Water (BookThug, 2017). She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and son. To see more of her work, visit her website


Tide

Pencil, watercolour, and collage on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$500

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Shard

Collage, pencil, and india ink on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$500

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Colony

Collage, pencil, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13. 25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$750

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Scuba

Collage & watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$600

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Coral

 

Collage, hand cut paper, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$600

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Dolphins

Collage, pencil, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$750


 

Jellyfish

Collage, tracing paper, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$500

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Bones

Collage, pencil, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

11 x 11 inches (13.25 x 13.25 inches framed)

$600

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Whips

Collage, india ink, liquid pen, and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper

21.5 x 21.5 inches framed

$1,200

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