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The Wilderness, parts of it on display at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. (private collection)
The Wilderness, parts of it on display at the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. (private collection)

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30 Mezza9’s oil paintings are soulful and liberating and display great movement in both the figures and the free-flowing artist’s construction of wood panels which vary in levels and have the painting wrapping around. The ability of the eye to fill in blank places and levels of panels, contributes to the feeling of movement and of wonder and exploration. The panels are often large scale, multi-dimensional and have kinetic parts. Triptychs are common. 30 Panels which in themselves flowed like a jellyfish on a wall comprise “The Wilderness”. The Wilderness experimented with her own propensity to paint from within when her eyesight lagged and the need to feel her way through the painting took hold. The result is a lush, impressionistic style with deep concern for light, color vibration, and unexpected color pairings, such as the dripping pinks of the leaves. The jellyfish, astral plane travels of human psyche first appeared in this work. “These paintings communicate our bliss, and our spiritual landscape as the consciousness of the earth.” Mezza9’s background as a writer shows in the tableaux of these works which are ripe with symbols.  As a whole, they evoke peace, quiet, beauty and movement of circus performers who inspire her – she seeks to go beyond the impressionists study of light flux out doors to the inner light and exaltation which are emitted from the figure itself. Often multiple panels form one work. Handmade papers are used often and contribute to a watery, organic feel. The ability of the eye to fill in blank places and levels of panels, contributes to the feeling of wonder and exploration. Latest projects include kinetics: hinges, pulleys, and casters and gears,  steam punk, as well as metal outcrops.   The disparate elements floating with the figures: the strawberries, apples, jellyfish, fish, mystical aquatic life and marshland seem at once strange bedfellows. But there is a flow from the breath of the figures to the elements of nature that swim in the air water, sky ocean together. Air and Water are not separate elements in these works. The feeling invoked by the painting is the primary concern. There is a traceable trail of images that evoke peace, quiet, beauty and movement that is rivaled only by the actual beauty and movement of the circus performers who inspire her – she seeks to go further than the Impressionists’ study of light out of doors to the inner light that is emitted from the figure itself. This too can be translated as source – the primal light to which we may all return. Mezza9’s visionary proclivity follows the advice of respected visionary artist Allyson Grey, who when questioned with what one should paint replied, “paint from the source”. For Mezza9 the source is wonder and love. It is important for artists to be mindful of what we put out into the world. Anything could be painted; but artists should be aware, awake and producing on the higher plains of existence.     Paintings by Mezza9 Visionary artist Mezza9 paints toward a new consciousness. Collectors nationwide have been discovering Mezza9’s art for more than a decade. Working in oil, acrylic and mixed-media equally, Mezza9’s cirque figures soar in these narrative visionist paintings (visionary/impressionistic) which convey the movement of acrobats, dancers, and flow artists; their strength, beauty and connectedness to source. This lush juxtaposition of traditional and impressionistic styles with contemporary subjects transforms street performers, aerialists, hoop dancers, trapeze artists, into the aerobatic twirling Skymaids and Skymen who make forays into the alternately ethereal underwater and cloud filled diaphonous scapes in the blissful realm of Nebulon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsSW3nhaNIE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQvc7OS9m_Q

Temple of Flux before completion at Home is In You show at the Carrack Modern Gallery in Durham, North Carolina
Temple of Flux before completion at Home is In You show at the Carrack Modern Gallery in Durham, North Carolina

An examination of the kinetic painting Temple of Flux

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Available Paintings by Mezza9

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In Vitro Anticipation has been building, Mezza9, a fit, dread-headed American artist with a following on the East coast, is getting ready to show her paintings on the West coast of the United States for the first time. During the last dozen years, Mezza9, who creates large-scale figural paintings, has been gestating several wall-sized works and a series of sculpture of beehive disco balls, a public art project. Her first appearance on the West Coast remains mysterious, but she is looking at many of the highly respected galleries and museums for this new body of work. Like all of her large-scale paintings, the new series are to have interactive kinetic parts and and an ethereal, other-worldly feel. By the sea in North Carolina was the perfect environment for birthing one of the four works. This one, Aron’s Aerosport,is thirty feet long and ten feet high. The steam punk feel and magical element of floating women who appear to be sawed on boxes like a magician of lore create an allure of the dream quality of the loving friendships that went into the manifestation of this paintings. The front ten feet feature a chariot driven by the fire spinners Rachel Elieza and Mark Karavan who drive the team of puppet saber tooth tigers. At the back, Dana watches behind with a periscope and DJ Aron plays the music which floats the figures. It is an engaging narrative which depicts the magical transportation of music.

Mezza9 National Public Radio (NPR) Interview for award-winning solo exhibit, “Amplify: Paintings and Kinetics” Click here for Artist’s Statement Artist Statement : Thoughts on “In the Paint” by Mezza9 Mezza9 Curriculum Vitae

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