by Nikki Savvides in New Art on Friday 4 September 2009

Sardinian born Carolina Melis is an illustrator based in the UK. She’s obviously multi-talented, her bio listing her not only as an artist but as an animator, dancer and choreographer. Her illustrations are apparently ‘informed by her background in choreography’ and explore ‘ideas of delicacy, organic development, life-cycles and living relationships’.
She demonstrates skills in a variety of media, her lovely linear images cleverly using negative space to leave room for the viewer’s imagination, while her multimedia collage pieces are intimate and warm. I particularly like her colourful design pieces, especially her use of cute bird motifs. Animals seem to play an important role in her works, with butterflies, horses and deer recurring alongside the birds. This makes the organic nature of her work all the more apparent.