Lara Mellon

Date:04 July, 2019

Artist Statement

I live in the misty hills and valley of Assagay, just outside of Durban, South Africa on a beautiful property called Hope Streams with my husband Patrick and my handsome Bullmastiff and studio companion named Hugo.

I have been exhibiting both locally and internationally since 2002. 

My work shifts between the traditional medium of oil on canvas, and mixed media, collage and assembly. I love the vastness of landscapes and the magic found in forests.

A key theme in all my work is of the pilgrim, walking along either urban roads or rural paths.

I am interested in the concept of ‘Transition’; of moving beyond or through a context; be it an emotional or physical state. The works of ‘Mixed Media’ result from a process of oil painting and objects-found and are often embedded in resin. I have a fascination with ‘time’ and ‘dimension’ and the existence ‘beyond’ these concepts. I will often include bits of shredded map, thread, collected South African stamps, and the roman numerals of ‘X, V, i, ii and iii’ .  The figure represents the universal pilgrim.

Exhibitions

2019 –  Art In The Yard, Franschhoek RSA – Sojourns

2019 – Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin/The Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland – The Incognito Initiative

2019 – A Savara Initiative, Cape Town, RSA – Giving is Living – Donated Works

2019 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Land

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2018 – LONGSTREET Art Lovers, Pretoria, RSA – Miniatures

2018 – KZNSA Park Gallery, Durban RSA – Picture Postcards from SA

2018 – Art In The Yard, Franschhoek RSA – Voyage

2018 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Disruption (Runner up)

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2017 – Mariannhill, Durban RSA – Trailing the Trappists

2017 – Art In The Yard, Franschhoek, RSA – Taken Beyond

2017 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Character

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2016 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Buzzart Exhibition

2016 – The Breathing Space – Transitions – Curated (Grace Kotze Projects)

2016 – The Loading Bay Gallery – Still, Through Forests

2016 – The Loading Bay Gallery – Through Forests

2016 – The Loading Bay Gallery – Group Exhibition – Curated (Grace Kotze)

2016 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Invisible – Collaborative Exhibition with Joan Martin

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2015 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – BuzzArt Exhibition

2015 – The Breathing Space – First Glimpse – Group Exhibition 

2015 – Studio 3 – Dee Donaldson Fundraiser – Group Exhibition

2015 – Longmund Gallery – Free to Be – Group Exhibition 

2015 – artSpace Durban – Threads – Group Exhibition – Curated (Karen Bradtke)

2015 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Transformation, Incubation, Activation (runner up)

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2014 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Understory – with Joan Martin

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2013 – Fat Tuesday, Kloof, RSA – Silence of the Lands – Joint Exhibition (Martin, Strachan, de Vlieg)

2013 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – SA Ceramics Exhibition – by invitation to exhibit with members

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2012 – Fat Tuesday, Kloof, RSA – Lost, Found and Stolen – Joint Exhibition (Joan Martin, Maggie Strachan)

2012 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibit “Red” – Collaborative work entered with Joan Martin

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2011 – New York, Starfish Foundation – Great Hearts

2011 – Chauny, Aisne – France – The Monkeys of Wisdom

2011 – Tatham Gallery, Pmb RSA – The Fabulous Picture Show

2011 – Fat Tuesday, Kloof RSA – Two Goats and a Dog – Joint Exhibition (Joan Martin, Maggie Strachan)

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2010 – Tatham Gallery, Pmb RSA – The Fabulous Picture Show

2010 – The everyONEcounts campaign, Durban RSA

2010 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibit “On Line”

2010 – Durban Art Gallery, RSA – Women’s Day Exhibition

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2009 – Tatham Gallery, Pmb RSA – The Fabulous Picture Show

2009 – artSPACE Durban – Friends – Group Exhibition

2009 – Wildlands Art for Conservation, Sibaya Durban, RSA

2009 – KwaNyoni, Kloof RSA – Group Annual Exhibit

2009 – KZNSA Gallery, Durban RSA – Finalist for “Nivea Start”

2009 – VEO, Cape Town, RSA – Animal – Member Group Exhibition

2009 – Upstairs @ Bamboo, Jhb RSA – Scratching Surfaces

2009 – Kizo Art Gallery, Umhlanga RSA – Scratching Surfaces

2009 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member Exhibition “Green” – 3rd Prize 

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2008 – artSPACE Berlin – “Rich Terrain” – Joint Exhibition (Roz Cryer)

2008 – Coningsby Gallery, London – Joint Exhibition (Maggie Strachan)

2008 – Tatham Gallery, Pmb RSA – Garett Artists – Curated: Jeanette Gilkes

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2007 – artSPACE Durban, RSA – “Earth, Light and Spirit” – Joint Exhibition (Roz Cryer, Maggie Strachan)

2007 – artSPACE Durban – Garett Artists – Curated: Jeanette Gilkes

2007 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Members Exhibition “The Naked Truth” – Merit Award

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2006 – SUN CITY, RSA – Positive Exhibition

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2005 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition – Runner up

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2004 – KZNSA, Durban RSA – Member’s Exhibition

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2003 – DURBAN ART GALLERY – Heritage Day Exhibition

2003 – PMB TATHAM GALLERY – Garett Artists – Curated: Jeanette Gilkes

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2002 – artSCENE, Durban RSA – Joint Exhibition (Maggie Strachan) Curated: Deanne Donaldson