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Relief Construction in Wood
© Telfer Stokes

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Relief Construction in Wood 1941

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Mellis was encouraged to experiment with collages and constructions by her friend, the artist Ben Nicholson, whose family lived with Mellis and her husband in St Ives at the start of the Second World War. These new works forced Mellis to 'think in a different way, not in colour which was natural for me.' This relief is somewhere between a painting and a sculpture, as it is put together, or 'constructed', using wood of different colours and textures. Mellis has used both geometric and natural shapes: for example, the egg shape in the centre, which is divided by a triangle.

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An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Collage, Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 2745
  • Medium Wood relief, pencil
  • Size 36.40 x 37.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1983