Melissa Mae Kors

 

HUMAN NATURE

These paintings & painted furniture were created during my Summer Residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

 

These works contain a lot of symbolism and metaphors that relate to my perception of the Human Body, Soul, and Behavior.  Some of the work is about human nature: our social persona; how we cover-up our pain or guilt to others, and how we feed our loneliness with materials.

 

The other work displays a metaphor between the Human body and machines.  Liquid Gold-leaf was added as accents to a lot of the work (I am a big fan of Gustav Klimt).
 

Delicate Mending
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Turn On
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Love & Stuff
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Self Portrait
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Cathernie
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Joshua
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Hidden Woman Divider
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Reaching Lovers - Drawer
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Hidden Woman Divider
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Reaching Lovers - Drawer
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Machine Lady Coffee Table
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Machine Lady Coffee Table
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Human Form Lampshade
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Human Form Lampshade
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Human Form Lampshade
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Social Meeting
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Gustav Klimt
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Masters of Intrigue

This collection of paintings are very whimsical with dramatic lighting and bold colors.  Most of the figures are inspired by Commedia dell'arte characters, and there is an intertwined atmosphere of masquerades, Carnival, and Mardi Gras celebration.

COLUMBINA
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JESTER
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TRUFFALDINO
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SMERALDINA
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FABRIZIO
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ISABELLA
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WARRIOR BEE
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MASK AVEC LA BOUCHE
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FILLE DE JOIE
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BAROQUE SWEET KISS
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MADEMOISELLE DEPOUILLE
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MASQUE AVEC LES YEUX
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AIR MASK
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WATER MASK
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Supreme Beings

This is a collection of paintings portraying various religious deities ranging from Egyptian to Greek mythology.  The paintings of Egyptian gods - RA, Sekhmet, and Nekhbet have bodies & attire fashioned after late 1500s - 1800s . times.  

Although these painting might seem silly and absurd now portraying portraits of humans with animal heads dressed in well dated attire, the people who believed in these gods or dressed in these fashions would have had a different opinion.  That is to say, not one  society's religious beliefs or dressing habits should be judged as better or worse.

 

In the end, we all are the same, just trying to survive and make sense of our current times.  

RA
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NEKHBET
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SEHKMET
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High Priestess
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White Tiger III
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HEKET
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WARRIOR BEE
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MELISSAE
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BEE NYMPH
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KHNUM
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TAWERET
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Dirty Sex Suits

“Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes”  ~ John Donne

I created the “Dirty Sex Suits” series to visualize the Tao Te Ching’s belief that, we are all born, live, and die.  Even though we, as humans, may have different experiences in the material world, we will all equally die, so be content with what you are given, have no fear, and live it up.  “It is the way of Nature, An eternal decay and renewal."~ Lao Tze 

 

My acrylic paintings are surreal (dreamlike). I wanted to contrast the material and spiritual realms in the paintings.  The Material world is earthy , raw, sexual, heavy, sculpted, and realistic.  In contrast, Spiritual world is bright & shiney gold leaf painted designs.  The spirits are leaving their temporarily given "suits" through a zipper.

COCO
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CALVIN
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RALPH
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VERA
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TOMMY
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ARMANI
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INSTRUMENTALISTS
Dreamers & Make Believers

These paintings are of actors, musicians, and movie characters.  They are painted with boldly close-up figures, dramatic lighting, and vivid colors.

PERFECT HARMONY
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B.F. FOREVER
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REVERBATIOUS RED GUITAR
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DEPP
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GORGEOUS GREEN GUITAR
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ZAPPA
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JIMI
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KILLER
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JOPLIN
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R TYRELL
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ZZ TOP
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HI
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White Painting
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MORRISON
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FLOYD
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NANCY
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POKY PUNK
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MERRY MUSIC MAKER
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HypocritEs

These paintings and illustrations were created for my Senior show at the University of Wisconsin.  They contain a lot of symbolism about human nature, our odd traditions and the yearning to conform.

Isolating Conformity
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Mutilating Beauty
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Deconstructive Progress
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Decomposing Construction
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Fun
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Love
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Stability
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Happiness
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STAGNANT QUICKIES

These figures are all dressed up with no where to go, waiting for something exciting to happen.  I guess that's how I feel at this point in my life - at a stand still, ready for action but disappointed & frustrated because nothing comes .  Hopefully my next set will be full of action and fulfillment. 
 

Violet Lady Bird
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Tangerine Girl
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Purple Gent
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Real Teal Man
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Ruby Susie
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Red Hot Woman
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Rosie Lady
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Mister Golden
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Bumble Bee Girl
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Royal Lady
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CONTACT

Melissa Mae Kors

435 West 31st St, Suite 16G

New York, NY 10001

melissamae@melissamaekors.com

(281) 686-8761

www.melissamaekors.com/portfolio

 

ARTIST BIO

I’m not one who usually expresses themselves by way of everyday talk. Ever since I was a child,  I've always had a rich inner world inside my mind and expressing myself with pigment to surface always came easier to me. I remember doodling with my dad at an early age. Learning painting tricks from Bob Ross and doing drawing exercises with Captain Mark on PBS. In college, I discovered my love of acrylic paint and how to apply layers of tinted transparent glazes on top of a base painting of neutral tones and shades sculpting form. 

 

I was born and raised in Louisiana and always loved the Mardi Gras costumes. I was also involved in ballet and theater and loved the lighting and costumes. I attended 12 years of private Catholic schooling which has contributed to the subject of spirituality, materialism, sexuality, & shame in my paintings.

 
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Surreal, conceptual, and absurd. I often paint stagnant, posing characters dressed in elaborate costume and fashion with lighting that is bold and specific. I love playing with the light source, neutral tones vs bold colors, flat shapes vs sculpted figures. Ornate shapes & patterns dance about my painting’s compositions. Through my art I aim to  address subjects of humanity, society, conformity, spirituality, materialism, sexuality, and life. What is absurd? What is normal? What is real? What is an illusion?

Artists I admirer and that have influenced my style are Rembrandt & Vermeer with their use of light and detail; John Waterhouse bringing myth and literary characters to life; Gustav Klimt with his love of costumes, designs & patterns, and use of gold-leaf; Toulouse-Lautrec’s play with negative and positive space, flat vs molded shape, and neutral vs bright bold colors. I also love Dali’s surreal paintings and Scheel's provocative, raw figures.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2017

"Human Nature"

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

2016

"Strange Figurations"

Limner Gallery

Hudson, NY 

2016

"Master of Art International Awards"

The Forum : Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom

2016

"Crazy Reality"

East End Studio Gallery

Houston, TX 

2012

Fine Arts Booth

Festival International de Louisiana

Lafayette, LA

2009

Downtown Artwalk

Lake Charles & the Arts Council of SWLA

Lake Charles, LA

2008

"Freaks Like Me"

Lake Charles & the Arts Council of SWLA

Lake Charles, LA

Racine Art Guild's Annual Starving Artist Fair

2006 

Racine Gateway Campus

Racine, WI

2006

"Unnatural Conformity"

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery

Kenosha, WI

2006

Group Show

Pigeon Lake Field Station

Pigeon Lake, WI

2006

Juried Art Exhibit

The Racine Art Guild Spectrum School of the Arts & Gallery

Racine, WI

2004

Juried Student Group Show

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery

Kenosha, WI

EDUCATION

2002 - 2006

Bachelors of Art  

University of Wisconsin

Kenosha, WI

1997 - 1999 

Associates Degree of Occupational Studies 

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

 New York, NY