Exhibition now closed.
I work with many mediums switching from photography to painting video installation and drawing. I use the mediums and constantly challenge myself with the question of what is art for. I have rewritten this introduction so many times I can’t count. I want to let the art stand for itself. It was at the VCA that I moved from painting to iPad use, video, photography and installation. Currently I am exploring printing my paintings and photographs on cushions, asking, “are you comfortable yet”
Brecht shone a light when he asked “In the dark times will there be singing?” and he answered, “yes there will be singing about the dark times.” I want to sing in paint and light not only about the dark times but about the potential good and light times.
To open 2017 the VCA’s home page used my installation It is right to protest, a series of looping videos, I-phones and I-pads, showing protests, concentrating on individual aspects of feet moving, banners flowing, slogans, leaves on the ground, branches intervening. (below). And later by invitation I showed part of this exhibition at the Go Go Bar, Chin Chin Restaurant, in Flinders Lane. About the It’s right to protest Go Go Exhibition
I recently finished a Masters Degree in contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. I began painting in South Africa in the late 60s and have been unravelling abstraction, photography and realism, ever since.
Early in 2017 Defying Complacency textiles at the red gallery from 22 February – 12 March 2007.
One of my first red wedge series paintings is shown here Review
I often return to pure abstraction
for its freedom and for the capacity to layer line and boldly express. Melanie acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which she works: the Wurundjeri people and Elders past and present of the Kulin nations.