Melinda Isaacs has been painting and drawing fantastical and whimsical works since early childhood, though her professional career did not begin until she graduated from the University of Cincinnati in April 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art. When she is not working on commissioned works, she spends much of her time creating her own personal body of work that contain surreal, mythical, and fantastical elements that attempt to grapple with the ideas of fantasy versus reality, organic versus artificial, and intimacy versus separation.
At the core, her paintings focus on mythical figures that exist in an invented environment while attempting to grapple with the ideas of fantasy versus reality, organic versus artificial, and idolization versus devaluation. She believes that art is a process of sharing our intangible selves, a reflection of who we are at our deepest core. In relation to the broader field of current artistic practice, her work provides an escape from the tedium of bourgeois life, and allows imagination to run rampant. Melinda strives to rekindle the imaginations of her viewers, and provide them with a temporary escape into these fantastical and surreal worlds as a means of rediscovering their own imaginations and sense of wonder.
Most of Melinda’s work is created with oils and acrylics, but she also works with charcoal, graphite, and digital media as the work demands it. She currently resides in Eastern Ohio with her “itty-bitty-kitty-committee” and her husband-to-be.