Melissa Dickenson’s works utilize a repetitive process of stretching thin sheets of fragile plastic creating color field abstractions where each superimposed stratum creates depth and spatial perspective. Each layer and strip of plastic acts as brushstroke and field, trapping and asphyxiating the following layer, that in turn becomes trapped itself.
Once fragile the individual layers, en mass are rendered strong. Each of her works functions as an individual that is part of a larger group or network. Variations of order are shuffled through slicing, ripping, folding, taping, rumpling and sandwiching the colored films. The material is rendered smooth with its final layer and the membranes, somewhat solid and pliable at the same time, reflect differentiations within the closed system that allows for comparison and the assertion of color, light and space.