While part of a critic’s responsibility is to attempt to remain objective about what one views, it has proven to be a difficult task in this case. Melgaard has a talent for dissolving pretense or unveiling emotion in his works. One may discover that their own life, on some level, mirrors that of the characters portrayed in the exhibition; it is easy to sympathize with Melgaard’s universal themes of uncertainty, solitude, and even despair. The artist’s rebellious nature and anxious energy reveals itself through his deliberate combination of exaggerated scale, vivid color scheme, and intensely personal topics (love, loss, and escape, for example). He also engages in intellectual ideologies; his works bring to mind Guy Debord and Michèle Bernstein’s Situationist Movement, Freudian theory, Melanie Klein’s object relations theory, as well as philosophical tenets derived from Nietzsche.