Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter ©   original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

$9,000.00

Melissa Chimera

Melissa Chimera

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Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter  original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter  original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter ©   original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

The Cane Cutter
Oil on linen, 2018
50 x 36, white floater frame
$9000
The Cane Cutter” (oil and silk on linen) is based on modern imagery of the sugar cane field worker overlain with stitched silk photographic imagery of the Pu‘u Nene sugar mill that brought the artist’s Filipino grandparents to Hawai‘i as field laborers. They were among the thousands of immigrants from Asia and Europe working an industry that rapidly changed the Hawaiian Islands in the 19th and 20th century. The abstract background pattern is known as “massquite,” a mixture of sugar and molasses which is rapidly spun in a centrifuge to separate the sugarcane molasses. The intricate damask pattern references the ornate barong tagalog, or traditional Filipino men’s dress shirt, implying that the beauty and finery inherent in the culture could never be diminished by the difficulty of their labors. The painting is a testament to industry’s role in transforming Hawai‘i’s environment and social fabric.
From Melissa’s recent show at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Migrant.

Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter ©   original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

We’re delighted to share Melissa’s mixed media paintings.  They join her paintings of native flora and fauna.  These explorations in color, line, form and texture illustrate her extraordinary vision and range of styles; they are united by her deep aloha for the environment.

From the artist:

Melissa Chimera (b. 1972) is a conservationist and Honolulu native of Lebanese and Filipino ancestry. She studied natural resources management at the University of Hawai‘i, a world epicenter for plant and animal extinction and worked for two decades as a conservation manager. She keeps a studio on Hawai‘i Island where she lives with her husband and son.

Chimera’s work investigates species extinction, globalization and human migration. Her most recent project as artist and curator is The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands for the Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI). The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and the begining of the upheaval of the Arab World. The contemporary art and poetry of The Far Shore concerns a highly politicized issue–Arab immigration to America–viewed through the lens of the personal and familial. Chimera’s solo shows include Migrant(2019) at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Agents of Change (Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui), and Splendor: Portraits of the Natural World(ARTS at Marks Garage).

In 2009, Chimera was commissioned with her mother poet Adele Ne Jame to create Inheritance: Reclaiming Land and Spirit, a poetry-painting collaboration for the Sharjah Bienniale 9, United Arab Emirates. That same year she joined Moving Cultures, a collaborative art-making train ride across 2,000 miles of China. Chimera’s group exhibitions include the Levantine Cultural Center (Los Angeles), Uri-Eichen Gallery (Chicago), the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, GC Art Yard (Tibet), and Orange Gallery in Guangzhou, China.

© Melissa Chimera

Melissa Chimera The Cane Cutter  original oil and silk on linen 52 x 38 framed

Additional information

Weight 80 lbs
Dimensions 58 × 44 × 6 in

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