OM.2012.154 - Melanie Gaskins - USA
 OM.2012.154 - Melanie Gaskins - Awaken - 2012 - Medium: Acrylic, Charcoal, Oil, and Watercolor collage on 9 canvases
Collage offers artists a means to express themselves in multiple mediums. Some
artist’s use their artwork to make statements or send a message to those who
view their work.
Through collage I have been able to express my vision of a novel I hold dear to my
heart “Awaken – The Healing of Virtue”.
This is no ordinary book. It has elements of Action and Adventure, Science
Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance. The concept stems from my desire to empower
women, try to change the perception of how women are perceived and valued,
bring attention to a struggling city in rural Pennsylvania and its schools, hopefully
increase tourism, and allow me to give back to my community.
An unknown world has revealed itself to Cayenne Ashley, a beautiful twenty-
three year old graduate student. She is about to emerge into it. But, before she
opens her eyes to see its true wonder, she thinks to herself; “Who would believe
what I am about to witness?” More importantly, after seeing and understanding
this new world; “Who would follow me on this journey?”