2020-01-10 Vice and Virtue

2020-01-10 Vice and Virtue

January 10, 2020

Melissa Wilkinson uses the traditional processes of painting to meditate on issues of gender, identity construction, and beauty by embracing the tactile in an increasingly technological and dehumanizing time. Her works embrace dichotomies, such as obscuring and revealing, attraction and repulsion, good and evil, past and present, and masculine and feminine. Vice and Virtue consists of appropriated images sourced from disco, private Tumblr accounts, and late 70s/early 80s “tomboys” who informed Wilkinson’s identity and sense of self as a queer person. Wilkinson’s meticulously crafted watercolor and ink wash paintings straddle the line between abstraction and representation and invite the viewer to consider how gender is perceived and displayed.


Wilkinson received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University and her MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University. She serves as Associate Professor of Art-Painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.


Vice and Virtue continues in the Second Floor Gallery through April 5, 2020.


Image: True by Melissa Wilkinson. Watercolor on paper, 2019.

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