Materials and techique: My two streams of practice are most easily differentiated through materiality. One stream is made from reappropriated objects; these exploit existing relationships and the poetic potential of domestic and intimate objects, while the other is a more mathematical investigation of pattern and form, which makes use of materials of mass manufacture, namely sheet metals. The drawing process for both is the same. Research drives ideas while simultaneously imagery for motifs are sourced. I then use AutoCad to draw copious line drawings, researching and testing the design for each work as it evolves.
Ideas and inspiration: The common theme of the first stream of works is social justice issues, with research determining what is depicted and informing how and in what material. Through the materials and motifs used and with a subtle utilization of pattern, complex ideas are presented.
The second stream of works offers a different form of exploration. Working more freely with scale and taking cues from recreational mathematics and architectural geometry, I create larger and more involved patterns over an unconfined space, ones that still break down to small components. Working along the Cartesian plane removes the framing and borders that define my reused object works, allowing the patterns to evolve free-range, across space.
Melissa will also be exhibiting in Perfect mutations from 08 July to 19 July 2015.