Lee Maelzer’s are paintings of familiar things, urban clutter, dust and detritus, pedestrian interiors - imbued with a sense of the uncanny and the cinematic.
The idea of sifting through rubble to find treasure, beauty or meaning, acknowledging the psychological weight of places and objects. The crispness and breakdown of images and the notion of archiving things and places generally deemed redundant.
In terms of the rendering, there is great care. The desire to paint a used tissue with the tenderness of Chardin, a derelict room like Vermeer...
The surface of the pictures however, is allowed to have elements of what is being described, thick with dust, lead paint and disruptions, gauzy pastel layers and flooded translucent patches.
They are informed by the contemporary world and laden with references to their photographic sources and objects that fill every modern city but they are an attempt to show you what you didn’t see.
The dim palette slowly reveals fugitive colours as though your eyes are becoming accustomed to the dark.
The work is perhaps an attempt to harness these decaying and lost things. To show them momentarily in a sort of glamorous light, their moment of glory.
You can see more of her paintings here: http://www.leemaelzer.com/