On Saturday, June 17th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. DTLA neighborhood gem, the Hotchkis Gallery, will be holding a final show to celebrate the work of Los Angeles-based fine artist and illustrator, Melanie Florio.
Representing a confluence of artistic inspirations (not to mention a wildly imaginative creative spirit) Florio’s work walks a subtle line. Simultaneously modern and nostalgic, alternatingly realistic and fantastic, Florio’s canvas creations showcase worlds entirely of her own making. A tatted, pearl-studded woman in a Betty Draper butter-yellow hostess dress fretting over the absence of guests at her jello-molded dinner party… while clutching a freshly sharpened kitchen knife. A pearl-studded homemaker offering freshly-baked cherry pie to her husband returning from a hard day of work… as a Koo Koo Roo chicken. Florio’s narratives offer fresh, unexpected spins on sentimental tropes, often with a whimsical – and wry – smile. Or, in the artist’s own words:
“I take mundane situations in life such as coming home from work or sitting at the dinner table and recreate them as iconic representations, elevating the importance of the little things in life we are all too familiar with.”
Generous with her use of bold color and clean illustration lines, Florio is also a wild experimenter when it comes to technique. She dabbles in mediums like acrylic, oil, wood stain, and even spray paint, and she is equally at home painting canvas as she is hardwood.