" Melissa Kretschmer’s work exists somewhere between painting and sculpture. There are aspects of both that are inextricably linked: flatness and depth; color and matter; transparency, translucency and opacity; light and shadow. Materials have always been a primary interest to the artist, largely for their particular properties and differences. Color is not “applied” in any traditional colorist sense; the beautiful goldenness of beeswax, graphite’s slick grey-black shimmer in its natural state, or a deep rich darkness beneath a coat of wax. The color and textures of ordinary materials are infinitely more subtle when Kretschmer applies these materials to white paper and plywood."