I first became aware of Melinda’s work in 2003 when I saw The Triptych Series at the Asia Society and Museum. I was amazed by her imagery and skill as a painter. I had never seen anything like her work in all my years as an art dealer. Her use of line and form is completely original, and although her work is figurative, it is also groundbreaking in its exploration of abstraction. Her work could be defined as “figurative abstraction,” because she pioneers new territory in both the abstract and figurative domains...The paintings I saw there stayed within me and seemed to find a permanent home in my memory. I realized that I couldn’t forget her paintings and I couldn’t define them. But I did realize these were completely new images representing a new dimension in painting.
- Walter Wikiser, Art Dealer
I was given an opportunity to view and read this amazing book. I was taken with the natural colors, the movement and the stories of how they came to be. I loved learning about the musical that was inspired by the painting.
The haunted look in the Ravages of war just took my soul to a different place. It made me realize that wars continue to haunt people even after the battles are over. The look that lingers is a look of too many things that never should have been seen. The rawness of each one of these tri-fold paintings is so expressive of the lovers and the lives of others.
The artwork is derivative of the altar trifold screens that were long ago housed in Catholic churches. I found the artwork to be powerful and sometimes so abstract that I was forced to look at it at different times of the day to see what was hiding from me the first viewing. I am in awe of her fluid motion that she captures. You can almost see the figures breathing. The Tryst is so touching as it captures a single moment in a lovers reunion. I love it almost as much as I loved The Ravages of War. I had recently read Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarions: Volume II, Number 2 and found that I loved her play with light and the spirit. In general, I loved the emotion of her abstract style of beauty. I will be posting that review to compliment this one.
- Vicki Goodwin, Reviewer