Artist Series

Mellaney Roberts

Response | 2022 - 2023
Mellaney Roberts

This body of work is a collection of sculptures, distinguished by their substantial size, intended to evoke a profound sense of confrontation. These works are in a transformative phase, transcending from the representations of a dwelling to a sort of morphing of a human form. These sculptural forms no longer hold or contain the emotions, but rather the forms react to the sensations of discomfort and not-belonging, attempting to release a wounded soul.

On the surfaces of these sculptures, I employ deliberate mark-making techniques to etch traces of scars and memories, inviting observers to delve beneath the external facade. I embed steel wool within the clay flesh and utilize fencing nails throughout theses sculptures, penetrating both the physical body of the form and the surrounding space. This intentional invasion instils a sense of irritation, disrupting what is being kept safe within these forms.

These fencing nails serve as a poignant metaphor, emphasising the emotional wounds—whether inflicted by harsh words said in anger or something more hurtful. It’s crucial to note that nails and metal are unconventional materials to amalgamate with wet clay, often forbidden, because it poses a risk during kiln firing due to differing rates of expansion and contraction. This risk also acts as a metaphor for the immense pressure these forms endure.

The hands-on exploration of these ceramic sculptures allows me to delve deeper into the narrative of collective memories of not belonging, but rather focusing on the relationship between the object and the creator, the surrounding space, and the passage of time. These forms are a testament to resilience.

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