Melissa Capasso

My work begins with the idea that I have lost something deeply essential that I must find. In this way, my process assumes the role of a search.  The search initiates as a spontaneous response to the surface and materials at hand and a willful sampling of color, symbol and hybrid figuration. Each piece is based on a personal memory and functions like a blueprint for a machine that can process and give form to the memory. The machine’s anthropomorphic attributes--hands, arms, feet--suggest actions: to grab, to eat, to wave, to walk. The visual description of physicality allows for the memory, the work’s initial source, to evolve into something more independent and free.