“Within my work I encourage chance associations of disparate visual elements.” — Melissa Arendt
THE ARTISTS: A California native, Melissa Arendt studied graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In a constant state of creation, the artist says her illustrative work is characterized by organized clusters of colorful cells juxtaposed with technically lined pencil drawings of people, places and things that intrigue her. Featured at the Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and the Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, amongst others, she’s been covered in the popular press as a need-to-know artist by Bustle.com and California Contemporary Art Journal.
THE ART: My work is characterized by organized clusters of colorful cells, juxtaposed with technically lined pencil drawings of people, places and things that intrigue me. I get a kick out of extracting disparate visual “fragments” from the world as we know it and forcing them together, thus creating a new whole. In my RAD Napa piece, I chose to layer a floral pattern, a desert scene, and my signature cluster pattern. This resulted in a unique otherworldly landscape.
THE PLACE: Napa St.