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RUN #00228
Melissa Forman - Whispered Truths and a Long Awaited Ascension
Melissa Forman
Whispered Truths and a Long Awaited Ascension
Edition Size:   50
12 x 22 Archival Pigment Print on 330gsm Fine Art Paper
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"This painting is about my journey through difficult moments. The overall outcome and feeling of the painting is triumphant. It's an attempt to make the best of my own situation and it’s my way of seeing the silver lining. I hope it’s a painting that others can relate to in their own way. " - Melissa Forman


“Melissa Forman spends her time creating a richly visual world filled with characters created from an opulent, mysterious, and often eerie imagination. Her lovely, idealized figures seem lost in their own worlds, drifting between the 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st centuries. Created from a mix of appropriated imagery from times long past and modern photographs from her personal collection, her portraits draw from obvious traditions in the genre but take on a life of their own. Her figures are strangely perfect and almost frozen in their expressions and poses. They evoke a traditional sense of etiquette and grace while reaching outside of their image to provide a window into something deeper and far more human. While these mysterious, and sometimes withdrawn, figures were created from photos of friends and family of the artist, they are not meant to represent themselves, rather, they portray emotional states and aspects of the human psyche. Melissa has carefully calculated each one by changing colors and manipulating features to evoke a mysterious and sentimental mood. Alienated from their real world and time, these images become metaphors for emotional and psychological states. They exist as a product of Melissa’s pursuit to create beauty and recognize the elegance and sincerity of genuine human emotion.” – via Melissa Forman’s artist statement.

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Melissa Forman and 1xRUN



Read on for our Exclusive 1xRUN Thru Interview with Melissa Forman below.

Discuss This Run

Melissa Forman Drops Whispered Truths and a Long Awaited Ascension

Melissa has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits since she was 14. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has been shown in galleries around the world, from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany to Bristol, England.

Melissa Forman

1xRUN Thru Interview

Whispered Truths and a Long Awaited Ascension by Melissa Forman

1xRun: Is the original still for sale?

Melissa Forman:   No, this piece was sold.

1xRun: When was the piece drawn/created?

Melissa Forman:  April, 2011.

1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?

Melissa Forman:  This painting is about my journey through difficult moments. The overall outcome and feeling of the painting is triumphant. It’s an attempt to make the best of my own situation and it’s my way of seeing the silver lining. I hope it’s a painting that others can relate to in their own way.

1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

Melissa Forman:  I wanted to tell a story about my life and the experiences I’ve had. I used symbols in the painting the represent certain moments, experiences and emotions. I wanted to take experiences I’ve had and turn them into something beautiful. Painting is like therapy for me.

1xRun: How long did this piece take?

Melissa Forman:   This piece took about a month and a half to create.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Melissa Forman:  This piece is unique to me because it weaves important parts of my life and experiences together to create something unique and beautiful; something that can speak for itself and tell its own story.

1xRun: Why should people buy this RUN?

Melissa Forman:  This piece has a lot of meaning and symbolism in it. I created it with the intention of taking moments in my life and important memories and turning them into something beautiful. I hope others can see the beauty in it as well.

1xRun: Describe this RUN in one gut reaction word.

Melissa Forman:  Triumphant.

RUN 00233 //Whispered Truths and a Long Awaited Ascension by Melissa Forman

1xRun: When did you first start making art?

Melissa Forman: I remember my preschool teacher telling my mom that she thought I had artistic talent. So, I can say, I think I’ve been making art since it was physically possible. I remember decorating a ceramic plate with a portrait of my family in preschool. But I didn’t sell my first piece until I was 14.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Melissa Forman: I did a portrait of my history teacher’s children.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

John Singer Sargent

Melissa Forman: I always loved John Singer Sargent. Once I got into college I really appreciated Joe Sorren and Mark Ryden.

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Eugenio Recuenco

Melissa Forman: I really like Eugenio Recuenco’s work. He’s an amazing photographer. I love Mark Ryden, Martin Wittfooth, and Kris Lewis. I love classic painters like Ingres and Vermeer. I love William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Melissa Forman: I usually listen to audiobooks or watch tv/movies.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Melissa Forman: I would actually love to collaborate with someone who paints completely differently from me in the hopes that it would challenge me in a new way. Maybe an abstract expressionist painter.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Melissa Forman: Leonardo da Vinci, might as well go for the best, huh?

daVinci Self Portrait

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

Melissa Forman: I think the first piece I bought was from my friend Paul. Well, it was kind of on loan. So I don’t have it anymore. He took it back for another exhibition.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

Melissa Forman: The last piece of art I bought was from my friend Erik. He had a small gallery show in Cleveland.

1xRun: What else do you have in the works?

Melissa Forman: I have a show coming up at The Corey Helford Gallery in October or November of 2013.

1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?

Melissa Forman: Website

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About the Artist

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Melissa has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits since she was 14. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has been shown in galleries around the world, from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany to Bristol, England.

Find out more @ http://www.melissaformanstudio.com