Last night I started yet another canvas (I'm taking a break from 'The Last Supper'), and worked on it for a bit this morning after dropping Anevay off to school. I need to add many details (I'm envisioning a string of pearls, or rather, two strings, one for each neck), which will probably take awhile...
I started coming up with ideas for the next canvases, most of which will involve animals, 18th Century costume (clearly not an element in the canvas you see above), and, well, a little macabre gore. I'm constantly fascinated by the fact that humans, for all of our pretense of being clean and civilized, are really rather beastly, both in mind and body.
As some of you may know, I've been selling some of my embroidered clothing and a couple of canvases at the Brooklyn Collective. Yesterday I found out that one of my canvases sold:
As you can see, there are some similarities to some of my older pieces (bird heads, decapitations, even the shoes). It's fun to play with these components!
It's nice to have two projects going at the same time... When I'm burned out on the writing, I can turn to my canvases. In turn, by the time I finish a few canvases, my fingers are generally so blistered and my brain so dull from such mindless work, that I'm chomping at the bit to get back to working on the book! Not a bad system I seem to be sliding into...
Now if I could only figure out a way to sustain myself with the art-making and writing!
I am Melissa Banigan. I've been many things under the sun, but am currently a single mom raising an amazing kid in Brooklyn, writing novels and short stories, and working on some art (canvases and paper). I also, under the moniker melifera, produce off-the-cusp embroidered clothing and bags.