“My artwork explores concepts of escapism through the creation of ‘dream-spaces’ and collective memory. The dream-spaces I create blur the lines between realistic representation and abstraction to create imagery that is both representative of the natural physical world and our emotional sense of the world. Collective memory is the memory of a group of people, passed down from one generation to the next. Both are a diluted combination of thoughts, feelings, and events that are not an accurate account of reality, but rather a sentimental, idealized version of reality. I take this distorted account of reality and further reimagine it in my own mind, creating my own fabricated memory or story represented through art. I am interested in exploring the relationship between dreams and memory and how both these things inform my view of the world.”

– Melissa Patel

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