Metal Artist – Callington, Cornwall
“The dividing line between art, craft and design grows less distinct…”
Melanie works mostly in pewter metal, designing and extending the possibilities of this metal as an art medium; procuring a purity and refinement which has taken years to mature.
With dramatic gestures she makes a primal cry on nature’s behalf in an effort to highlight the abuse of our fragile environment. Through practical and meditative process, she turns a symbiotic evolution of rhythmical energy and material into sculptural work.
This expressive method utilises reflected light on pewter forms derived from my interpretation of landscape and observations of the sea where each molecule of water has effect on the next.
When passing by the metal surfaces, light moves and appears ethereal and transient, resembling delicate, impermanent qualities such as those in the balance of the natural world.
These statements can be seen as an opportunity for self examination too – our own image, as a vague reflection flickering on and off ‘the essence’ of simple lines and forms, is indistinctly seen on the metal and becomes a metaphor for our own inconsistent commitment to the welfare of the environment which we so exploit. As natural organisms Nature sustains us and yet our responsibility to empathise and preserve her is fickle and superficial.
Working in this abstract mode, my language is devoid of cultural reference and has a universal message.
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