The Borrell’s work plays with the inextricable connection between art, math and science. Math is often an intimidating subject that many avoid or distain; Borrell however loves math and it plays a large role in her work. She hopes to open her viewers eyes to the concepts of geometry, spatial relationships, and natural biological and geological formations that surround us every day.
“Through my art I show viewers another side to the seemingly literal world of mathematics and that the line between art and math is nonexistent,” said Borrell. “I want to change people’s perceptions about everyday, normal objects that might otherwise go unnoticed. Creating spaces and objects that make people slow down, wonder and smile.”
Melissa Borrell continues to apply the same attention to detail and aesthetic prowess to her 3D installations that she did to the jewelry designs at the beginning of her career. With her larger-scale projects, she seeks to create recognizable showpieces of public spaces all over. Borrell’s works can now be seen in various commercial spaces (such as hotels), corporate office spaces and galleries across the state and country.
ABOUT MELISSA BORRELL:
Melissa Borrell is a native Texan, growing up in Houston and basing her studio in Austin. She has lived in many cities around the globe, studying French and studio art in Boston and Paris and working as a studio artist in San Francisco for several years before moving to Providence for graduate school. Borrell received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and moved back to Texas in 2006. She has created several immersive installations that delight audiences of all ages and has received commissions from the City of Austin, New Mexico State, Art Alliance Austin and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston among others. Borrell has also exhibited at Texas State University galleries and is a member of the VisonGland Collective for which she created works in 2017. Melissa has been an artist in residence at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York, the Vermont Studio Center, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Platteforum in Denver.
When she’s not in her studio, you might find Melissa cooling off in a swimming hole, rolling out a pie crust in the kitchen or gazing up at the trees in the park dreaming up her next creation. For more information on Melissa Borrell, please see www.melissaborrell.com.