Melanie Bishop is a Barbadian /Canadian artist who grew up in Barbados and later graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Fine Art in Vancouver, Canada. Her work is recognized for its unique creativity and attention to detail.
She continues to work in her own studio where she lives between the very diverse worlds of her colorful Caribbean home, her mountain studio in Canada, and travelling with her family on a sailboat, where she unites with the rhythm of the sea and the freedom of the wind. With such diverse inspiration, Melanie brings together her outstanding talents of both clay and painting.
“On returning to Barbados, I found myself drawn to the only true wilderness left of this small land, the beautiful blue waters of the sea, and it’s spectacular abundance of life, where I get most of my inspiration for my featured underwater works of art. Diving has allowed me to study up close in real life this wildly abstract environment, inspiring me to bring my experience to the surface where this foreign world can be shared by others.
I feel I have a spiritual responsibility in my work, to bring about awareness, if not in a political sense, at least to awaken an appreciation and respect for the fragile perfection that already exists in nature.”
“The canvass is a playground to illustrate my concepts, which are then carried over more abstractly into my sculptural pieces. Even though I enjoy the story telling aspect that painting allows me to bring out on canvas, there is just something so sacred about being able to hold an object and appreciate it’s form and surface from all angles. It is even more special to know that this object was created from the earth by the humble human hand, particularly in these times where the industrial age has saturated our lives with mass produced machine made objects”.
“Clay is alive with its own individual personality, whereby it continues to shrink and twist as it is manipulated throughout the process of creation into an object. Moving my studio back to Barbados was a challenge as it caused me to go back to the lab and reinvent new recipes for my palette in order to accommodate the different temperature range of the local clay. Because of the technically demanding challenge presented with clay it consumes a greater percentage of my studio time, keeping me grounded and centered in my creative process.”