Today we are releasing a new series of paintings by artist Melissa Monroe. The works, created using watercolor, ink and acrylic, were produced during a recent trip to Mexico.  Monroe explains the meaning behind this body of work and the significance of the recurring symbols in her paintings:

“I had limited space and supplies since I was traveling so I spent a lot time drawing and contemplating where I am today and all that I have done in the last two years. I’ve had to start over and there have been times of great fear where I felt that I was dropped suddenly into an unfamiliar land without knowing the way home. What if I lose myself on the way? What if I can never find myself again? These painting represent all these emotions.”

“Up the hill I go; there are beautiful things but also rocky parts. I am guided by the cadence of my own soul, but I have to remember never to let my ego or fear guide me. In these new paintings I try to map out the future, knowing that there is no way to do this. I am learning to reach for the things I know nothing about.”

The series, entitled Inside the Mountain, speaks to the notion of being able to see something in the distance, a shape or form, without knowing what’s inside.

“When you are far away from a mountain you can see its shape but you can’t see what it holds inside. Looking from a distance, you have to decide which paths you are willing to take and how ambitious you want to be. Only once you decide to go there, can you dig, smell, breathe, fear, and discover. In these paintings, I show the inside of the mountain while thinking, “What is benath my feet that I don’t know about and what devils might I find sleeping in the caves?”

In studying Monroe’s work, you see that she draws on a number of recurring symbols.  For each of us, these emblems have their own meanings and, based on our stories and experiences, we may interpret them in different ways. Monroe shares her personal interpretation here.

“The empty chairs represent loneliness, teeth defensiveness, arrows show the direction to follow in the future and arrowheads point to real treasures. Igloos, which have been the subject of a number of my paintings, allude to something that is temporary but needed at that time. The numbers in my work, are about adding things up without knowing the problem. As for the diamonds, they symbolize something to be attained with no reward.”

This profound yet accessible collection is available to buy, with pieces starting at $95.00. They will also be on show at our Art Sale this Sunday, February 22nd, in NYC. To purchase any works from the new series, or any other paintings by Melissa Monroe featured in The Road Gallery, contact neil@theroadgallery.com

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What’s Up There Anyways; I Guess There’s Nowhere Else To Go So I Might As Well Try (2015) | 9″ x 12″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic​ ​on paper
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One Word Trash; Perfection Reached Through Throwing The Past Away (2015) | 9″ x 12″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic​ on paper
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Broken Home 2015 | 9″ x 12″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
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Leading to Nothing (2015) | ​5.5″ x 8.5″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
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Carefully Connecting the Dots; Reaching for Arrowheads. You Can Only Become Once You Decide (2015) | 8.5″ x 5.5″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
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Igloo at the Beach (2015) | 9″ x 12″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
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I Said I Would Always Love You (2015) | 9″ x 12″ |Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper
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Mountain Raising (2015) | 5.5″ x 8.5″ | ​Watercolor and ink paper
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Open This Door; Secrets Are Awakened (2015) 9″ x 12″ | Watercolor, ink and acrylic​ on paper