Melanie Weaver Artwork

Technique
I had been making assemblage art for over ten years when I developed my assemblage technique using texture paste. I was working in my studio on an assemblage piece in August 2001. I was experimenting with texture paste as an adhesive agent. As I worked, I began to cover the pieces I was assembling in the texture paste. When it dried, I realized that the texture paste not only created wonderful surface texture, but was also a very strong adhesive.

The texture paste molded around each found object, and encased it in a plastic shell. The texture paste I used that August was a translucent white, and to further unify the objects, I painted everything black. I added layers of painted highlights to complete the piece. Later, I realized that my source for the texture paste has a black version, and that is what I now use. I took one of my pieces to the manufacturer of texture paste in Los Angeles, to show them my application of their product. It was very satisfying to be able to thank them in person for the quality of their product, which has given me such a gratifying studio process.

The highlights I added in 2001/2002 were acrylic paint, applied in monochromatic layers, from dark to light. The work completed after 2003 is finished with layers of spray paint. That choice was definitely influenced by where I live—in San Bernardino, California. I had worked with both taggers and graffiti artists, trying to help them connect with the potential of their work—potential far beyond vandalism, and with a longer life expectancy. In the end, I think that they influenced me more than I influenced them, because I integrated spray paint into my studio practice.


Baby
12” x 4” x 6”
Mixed Media,
2009

Birthday Party
8.5” x 10/5” x 2.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Community
13” x 13” x 1.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Confession
15” x 5.5” x 4.5”
Mixed Media,
2004

Dancers
13.5” x 6” x 3.5”
Mixed Media,
2004
 
Devotion I
17.5” x 7.5” x 6.5”
Mixed Media,
2006

Devotion II
16” x 7.5” x 7.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Freedom II
13" x 8.5” x 2.5”
Mixed Media,
2004

Freedom I
15.5” x 6.5” x 7”
Mixed Media,
2006

Full Dressers
15” x 5” x 3.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Garden
10.5” x 11” x 2”
Mixed Media,
2009
 
Gardener
13” x 8” x 4.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

House Blessing
14” x 6.5” x 9”
Mixed Media,
2009

Incubation
10.5” x 4.5” x 4.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Inspiration
18” x 8.5” x 4.5”
Mixed Media,
2006

Madonna I
42” x 7” x 3”
Mixed Media,
2003, 2009

Madonna II
41” x 7” x 4”
Mixed Media,
2003, 2009
 
Madonna III
51" x 9” x 3”
Mixed Media,
2003, 2009

Prom
13.5” x 3.5” x 5”
Mixed Media,
2004

Play
10” x 6” x 4”
Mixed Media,
2004

New Start
10.5” x 12” x 7”
Mixed Media,
2009

Music
13.5” x 5.5” x 5.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Merry-Go-Round
11.5” x 5” x 4.5”
Mixed Media,
2009
 
Protection
13” x 8” x 2.5”
Mixed Media,
2003, 2009

Wardrobe
15.5” x 5.5” x 6”
Mixed Media,
2009

Study
15” x 9” x 3.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

Self Worth
13" x 7.5” x 3.5”
Mixed Media,
2004

Rest
12” x 5.5” x 4”
Mixed Media,
2009

Wedding
13” x 5.5” x 5.5”
Mixed Media,
2009

 

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