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Light and the Absence of


Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH- lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists. The attempt with my work is to evoke a personal narrative where the viewer discovers a represented form through abstract imagery with textures of the familiar.


Light and the Absence of It is an ongoing body of work that depicts surreal imagery through gradients of light or color to materialize textures. A two-dimensional choreography transpires between light, dark and detail to create shapes that resemble a moment, memory or thing that the viewer has experienced or witnessed.


Creating a visual bond to subconsciously initiate pareidolia, by using textures and shapes that span from known terrestrial plains to uncharted cosmic highways and the space between. 


Suspended above

Craters on the surface like 

Starlight Freckles, in the vacuum 

of my celestial room, I hang like a chandelier 

a satellite, me.

Illuminating my weightlessness

with  a charged night

I am tethered to your


in return, I am a tidal 

force of talismans 

so close 

lies a form, recognizable 

             looking, during 

our nights together


                    - face of the moon

ARTIST STATEMENT | ARMCStudio | Melissa Cormier | Graphite

Miradouro, 2019,  watercolor and Graphite on Tea Stained Paper, 5 X 7.5. This piece was completed on location in the Azores on San Miguel Island at the top of Miradouro.

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