"My main medium is wire, which I began to use many years ago as a way of liberating the drawn line into free space. Having worked two dimensionally with the material for some time, I am now far more sculptural and three-dimensional. However, ultimately all my language has its roots in drawing and I aim to maintain the sense of freedom of the drawn line in my sculptures. Drawing is the visual artist’s answer to singing.
Themes that are recurrent include, man as natural being and our relationship to the natural world. I also am inspired by storytelling and mythology often creating my own visual narrative.
My latest pieces have a links to circus and writers or readers. I am also enjoying writing in wire either just a word, a line or whole sections of poetry or prose. I have started experimenting with mixing media including wood and ceramic.
Originally, I studied illustration and although I love its language, I soon reacted to the restrictions of the business and started to make work for exhibiting. I have also worked in textile design, window display and venue dressing.
I hope that my work conveys thoughtful ideas whilst maintaining energy and humour."
Mel has a great little gallery shop where her work can be seen alongside potter Steven Jenkins and glass maker Phaedra Politis and Painter Anny Colgan. Please come and visit 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and Sundays for the Artisan Market, first Sunday of the month from April until September and in December.
OWL, 33 Catherine Hill, Frome. BA11 1BQ. Tel: 01373 453311 m:07875764554
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