melanie kobayashi
Selected Works from Social Commentary Series
(c) Melanie Kobayashi, 2010-2012
Queen of Canada series
This series was started in 2007 and is ongoing. It was triggered by Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics boosterism that often depicted Canada as a country of igloos, ice-fishing, and Inukshuks.  >>
Becky had had trouble sleeping lately; she finally realized that it wasn't the coffee keeping her awake but something much more sinister. Acrylic on canvas paper, 18" x 24", 2011"She's weak on the left so another grand jete to her side and she'll be down for the count." Combat Ballet. Soft pastel on paper, 20"x26"On her way to work at the government's tax processing centre, Joanne was puzzled by the cool breeze she felt on her thighs. Acrylic on canvas paper, 18"x24"Judy was a politician and her speech on gender equity was going well. She just wished that her male colleagues from Ottawa would take off their x-ray glasses. Acrylic on paper, 18" x 24"The Empress's New Shoes. Soft pastel on paper, 20" x 26"Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48"Acylic on canvas paper, 18" x 24"Acrylic on canvas paper, 18" x 24"
It's a High, High, High, High, High Class World series
Sophistication and fashion, jet-setting and deal-making. This series was started in 2006; it is ongoing.  >>
Miscellaneous
These works usually address the disconnect between reality and dreams, physical and social isolation, and gender issues.   >>
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