Bela’s Artist Statement

Beatrice Mellinger
 
My work is an exploration of colors, patterns, forms, lines and shapes fused together to evoke emotions, personality and experiences.

Creating allows me to reconcile my multicultural references: the influence of Asian, African and European ancestors; my birthplace –Martinique– with its own multi-ethnic heritage; my travels and the places where I lived – North and Latin America (Brazil and Ecuador), France and Barbados – as well as the Western civilization in which I am culturally grounded.

The latest series “High Tide” was about the coral reefs that are at risk – particularly in the Caribbean – due to coastal development, watershed-based sediment and pollution, marine based threats, overfishing, acidification of the oceans, and rising sea temperature. My narrative continues to involve past or current issues that are important to civilization such as my new series "RED", a reaction to the new manifestation of climate change and anthropogenic interventions, with intense fires resulting from increased droughts and heat.