Artist Statement 

My work embodies mind manifesting by depicting an inner universe that symbolizes the mind and psyche. I've always had an over-active imagination and I often daydream as a way to escape reality. I’m trying to create works as I see them in my head, I can visualize images or part of an images and I become attached to these mental sketches. Part of my process, before I begin to work, involves gathering references and creating an outline of my mental sketch. I incorporate various elements into my work including portraits, motifs, symbols and objects. I work with acrylic, watercolour and gouache, along with exploring textiles, punch needle and embroidery. I use my mind as a way to conjure ideas. By combining my subject matter together, I create alternate realities that explore my mind and psyche.


Biography

Melissa Fice attended Fleming College in Haliburton, Ontario, where she studied general arts. After graduating at Fleming, she attended OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. During her Studies at OCAD University she participated in the Awenda Inspired Exhibition at the Slaight Student gallery. She also exhibited work in the 103rd Graduate Exhibition. Her work has been published in Praxis, OCAD University’s drawing and painting catalogue. Since finishing her education she has participated in multiple group exhibitions. She has shown work at The Super Wonder Gallery in Toronto, ON. Fice also participated in a Black Lives Matter charity auction through the Eraser Gallery in Toronto, where her work sold and the profits went to to Black Lives Matter – Toronto. 

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