Melissa Mladin Löwgren sources her paintings from a mix of mythologies and spiritual beliefs from around the globe. Having long studied the stories of many cultures and the psychology of us, she brings her search for beauty and grace to the canvas, offering to the viewer a meeting of formal elegance with veils of ephemeral, ethereal colour. Her primary concern with space, form, texture and surface verges on a pictorial balancing of the emotions; her intuitive process strives toward the Buddhist state of “no mind”. Employing paint as a physical medium to commune within and connect with the Universe and Anima Mundi (world soul), her method produces an internal landscape steeped in scientific understanding and mystical insight.
“I believe that everything starts at home – within yourself, within the self as home – and within the spaces we dwell and occupy.” Thus her paintings function as personal journeys giving inspirational energy to the viewer, while intentionally infusing that energy to commercial and domestic space and the everyday. For example, her use of the enso – the deftly painted circle of enlightenment that expresses a moment when the mind is free to let the body create – figures throughout her work simultaneously as a tool for the artist to break through stasis and as a recognisable visual trope signifying transcendence and symbolising reflection, communication, a sharing.
By accessing both subconscious and conscious paths to esoteric knowledge through a material spirituality, Mladin Löwgren’s inquiry aligns with 20th-century abstract expressionists such as Arshile Gorky and Helen Frankenthaler. However, her purpose of energetically infusing space with illuminating encouragement sets her project within a world of its own. She says, “Through my happenings, my hope is to translate a journey for the viewer into a landscape of possibility and commitment, to create a dialogue within self for growth and change.”
Drawing upon her skills as developed in working professionally with domestic and commercial interior design clients, Mladin Löwgren constructs her paintings to “feed all six senses”.