TAROT

These paintings are my interpretation and design for Tarot Cards.

 

Optimism Adventure Innocence
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Partnership Harmony Choices
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Victory Willpower Focus
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Courage Competition Influence
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Introspection Self-reflection Solitude
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Fairness, Truth, Responsibility
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Transformation Endings Beginnings
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Hope Opportunity Health
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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

“Every small piece is essential to the large creation they become - in art, society, and the living”. ~ Melissa Mae Kors

Melissa Mae Kors creates narratives in her paintings by depicting her subjects in a moment in time. It is up to the viewer to decipher the story. Her figurative acrylic paintings are colorful with patterns moving through out their compositions. The skin and fur of the living subjects in her pieces are painted to create a 3D illusion. In contrast, the clothing and background are painted flat and packed with decorative patterns. Kors’ subject matter is often about spirituality, materialism, sexuality, and society, and her portrait style can be categorized as Modern with a look similar to Art Nouveau. Artists who have influenced her work are Gustav Klimt, John Waterhouse, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Born in 1979 and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as a child, Mae remembers doodling with her dad, learning painting tricks from Bob Ross, and practicing drawing exercises with Captain Mark on PBS. In college, she discovered her 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. Kors now lives in New York City working as a professional artist.

 
 

EXHIBITS & EVENTS

2022

Fashion Week Shows

Six Summit Gallery & Art Hearts Fashion

New York, NY

2017

Residency Open Studios

School of Visual Arts

2016

"Strange Figurations"

Limner Gallery

2016

"Master of Art International Awards"

The Forum : Gallery

2016

"Crazy Reality"

East End Studio Gallery

2012

Fine Arts Booth

Festival International de Louisiana

2009

Downtown Artwalk

Lake Charles & the Arts Council of SWLA

2008

Downtown Artwalk

Lake Charles & the Arts Council of SWLA

New York, NY

Hudson, NY 

Norwich, United Kingdom

Houston, TX 

Lafayette, LA

Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles, LA

2006 

Fine Arts Booth

2006

Senior Group Show

2006

Group Show

2006

Juried Group Exhibit

2004

Juried Student Group Show

Racine Art Guild's Starving Artist Fair

Racine, WI

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery

Kenosha, WI

Pigeon Lake Field Station

Pigeon Lake, WI

The Racine Art Guild Spectrum School of the Arts & Gallery

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery

Racine, WI

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