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January 17, 2013

Artist's eye: Melisse Treptow exhibit showcases everyday objects with diverse art

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MANKATO —

“I wanted to bring out the beauty,” Treptow, “so I really exaggerated the colors.”

In “Chic,” Treptow captured a series of five images portraying a female figure in feathers and makeup to resemble a chicken. While whimsical on their surface, the images capture a sense of irony, leaving viewers to ponder the meaning of natural beauty.

Elsewhere, however, Treptow abandons figurative work altogether.

In her “Young Love” series, Treptow delves into the emotional consequences of color choice. In her landscape painting, Treptow opts for an impressionistic feel, setting her horizon on fire with swatches of bold color.

“I’ve tried to develop a broad range of skills,” said Treptow, who has also designed T-shirts, business cards and websites.

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