Elizabeth Neel

Melting Out

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Melting Out
Elizabeth Neel
Melting Out
2004
Oil on canvas
122 x 172.7cm

The earliest of the five works, Melting Out is a typical example of Neel’s working process. Based on her own observations from the natural world and on subjects from the historical record - in this case news photographs of Ötzi, a 5,000 year-old mummy from the mountainous Austria-Italy border area - it marries abstraction with representation by way of a diverse range of painterly techniques.

The paint itself seems to thaw, melting away to reveal bits of rubbish and human possessions such as a tie, shoe, belt and sock in a nondescript landscape of an ambiguous historical or geographical setting. The cycle, one feels, seems set to continue, as the objects themselves decay back into abstraction.


     
 


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