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Melissa K Fontanini

is a Digital Artist with an MFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts' Division of Animation and Digital Arts. She's currently working as a freelance 3D Generalist - Artist and Animator - as well as focusing on her own tangible art

Saturday, March 29, 2014

LAMAG Open Call

Last week I waited in line for 6 hours to drop of some of my own artwork and that of a friend's for this Open Call art show sponsored by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Opening reception is Sunday, March 30th from 2-5pm and the show runs until April 12th.,0,7573189.story#axzz2wn8bj1tG


So much has been going on!  I have been immersed in creating art and helping put together the art show EpiphiNoir that happened last night.

EphiphiNoir Event

More photos of my pieces at EpiphiNoir

My muscles are sore, but my heart is full!  Here are a few photos of what I put up:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Few Works in Progress

I have a bunch of ideas, just need the funds, time, focus, supplies ;-)

This project is inspired by a fractal spiral.  I'm so happy to be working with powertools!!  I jigsawed out the spiral pieces, then used a drill press to help carve out the back of the wooden disk (it was quite heavy), and to carve out the circles that run along the spiral.
Eventually I will fill each hole with resin, paint it, light it from behind to create a stained glass effect.

The purple piece above will eventually be a light box - currently working on the frame.

This is for a piece where I recorded myself saying the work "imagine," figured out the waveform of that sound, cut 32 acrylic rods to the appropriate sizes, and also sanded the rods because I wired together and attached blue composite LEDs to each rod so they'd glow.  This will eventually be incorporated to the hollow center of a piece of wood, but one step at a time!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Getting Reaquainted with Wiring

I found a remote controller piece to add to my plexiglass light box LED circuitry and now I can program various settings and brightnesses for the lighting instead of it being constantly on.  Before, I was simply working with a switch to turn the piece on or off.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

First Art Show - in a decade!

I haven't displayed my own artwork since I graduated from undergrad at The Ohio State University.  A friend suggested The Chocolate & Art Show in Los Angeles, I had a few pieces complete, so I submitted them.

I submitted 6 pieces:
Vortex - mixed media on plexiglass (light box - glass stain, acrylic paint, sand, gold flakes, inks, resin)
Diana - "Moon" mixed media on wood (glass stain, acrylic paint, ink, steel piping, resin)
Apollo - "Sun" mixed media on wood (glass stain, acrylic paint, ink, copper piping, resin)
Magmatic - mixed media on wood (glass stain, acrylic paint, ink, sand, resin)
Absinthe - mixed media on wood (glass stain, acrylic paint, ink, resin)
Chimera - portrait - mixed media on wood (glass stain, acrylic paint, ink, resin, charcoal, pastels)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Business cards!

I have an artshow coming up where I'll be displaying my own work for the first time in a decade!  Better figure out business cards!

I also figured out a signature for myself - my initials MKF

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Magmatic and Absinthe

These are two of my pieces where I used inks, glass stains, acrylic paints, and resin on a piece of wood. 

The red piece - Magmatic (this one also has sand)
The green piece - Absinthe

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Light Comparisons

When I began creating these pieces on plexiglass, it was with the intention of having backlighting, but I wanted the pieces to also be able to go without backlighting and still be eye-catching.

I built box frames for the plexiglass pieces where the art sits inside, the frame is 4 inches deep in order to hold the LED light strips and battery pack.

Here are the comparisons of various lighting setups: only front lighting, front and backlighting, and only backlighting.

Let it be Lit

When I started working with plexiglass, glass stains, and other mediums for painting, the idea was to ultimately light the pieces from behind, as well as from the front, but to have the added dimension of back lighting.  I've been thinking about how to accomplish this for a while...what types of lighting to use, what kind of frame to create to house the lighting mechanisms, and I wanted it to be battery operated because I don't like the aesthetic of having a cord come from the back of a piece, down a wall and into a socket.

So I created a black wooden frame that was 4 inches deep to act as a ledge for all the components, with the painted plexiglass piece towards the front end of the box.  I went with LED strips, searched for ways to make it battery operated, switches (may go with a remote control for power), eventually found all the components (though I'm still testing things out to see how well it all works and for how long).

Here's the result so far:

mixed media

Monday, December 9, 2013

Putting Myself into my Work

After creating a handful of strictly abstract pieces, I wanted to create a few that incorporated other elements.  I decided to sketch images of myself as parts of my new pieces and these were the results:

Charcoal, pastels, glass leading, glass stains, acrylics, inks, and resin on wood that I cut with a jigsaw.
The purple haired piece is entitled Chimera, the blue haired is Siren.

Creating the Sun and the Moon

I call these pieces Apollo and Diana.

Glass stains, acrylic paints, sand, inks, resin, and piping (copper and steel), on wood.

Getting Back to Analog Art

It's been quite a long time since I created artwork without a computer, so that's what I've been spending the last few months doing.  I've been working with new mediums such as glass stains, calligraphy inks, and resins.  I've bought a few powertools and returned to cutting things up and building things.  It feels wonderful to step away from a computer screen and make messes while creating.

A few of my initial creations:

These are a combination of inks, acrylics, glass stains, wire, sand, and resin on pieces of plexiglas.  I made each wooden black box to fit the individual pieces with the intention of backlighting the pieces.  I like them lit from the front, but am intrigued by a little bit of light coming from behind (possibly a slowly pulsing light to add a bit of character).

Here are a few pieces not quite so complete: