Monday, November 29, 2010

Ladies of a Certain Age

Kreh Mellick is sitting in her studio leafing through a book about crinolines from the 1800s. "It sounds so cliché to say this, but I really love that whole Victorian-era thing," she says, pointing to a black-and-white photograph of a woman clad in a corseted dress of dark satin and stripes. "It's all just so spooky to me."

It's easy to see why the antique images would fascinate Mellick. Her own gouache paintings on paper call up various gloomy eras — folklore about New England Puritans, sea captains, witch trials, homesteaders, provincial mistresses and the lovesick wives of sailors lost at sea. They are, as Mellick says, "stories appropriated from memory, folktales, traditions and nostalgia."

Read more:
Ladies of a Certain Age by Ursula Gullow Boldlife Magazine Dec. 2010

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