The only place to go from here is everywhere
Mel is an artist and photographer based between Madrid and London, originally made in Australia.
My work and current exploration and obsessions exist between two worlds.
The world of in-between.
What does it mean to live in-between? The space between worlds, the space between light and dark, the light between night and day is when life presents itself with desire and dreams.
Recently I rewatched Before Sunrise, the brilliant 1995 film by Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy's character Celine sums it up perfectly.
“I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in-between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.”
My practice explores private stories and moments in public spaces, asking the viewer to make a personal connection with both the work and me. Their exists a deeply personal poetic language in my current work, between conversations real and imagined between the people, connections, encounters and love that have transformed my life.
My projects are stories that blend documentary, performative, narrative, identity, portraiture styles..
Everything is a contradiction yet undeniably connected. There is no black & white only colour in-between. This is where the beauty exists. In complication, in life, the beauty of those delicate and ultimately confusing spaces in-between. Where the answer is not yet known and you have to brave everything and let the universe unfold in it's true spirit of serendipity and adventure to trust that it will take you on a journey that has no final destination.
So… this is about finding balance & connection in a confusing world that forces us constantly to make black and white decisions.
Living a life in-between
Art is a personal practice and one I have returned to after 10 year hiatus. I consider myself an emerging artist and a re-emerging artist.
I live now happily in an in-between world. This has not been the case. For the last 10 years, I had kept my life divided between professional career and art. It destroyed my soul and now I seek fluidity between career and lifestyle.
I live between two cities - Madrid and London. But do I really live in either as I do not have a "home" in the traditional sense or a mortgage or rent. But these two cities are my home (as is Melbourne) and I visit them all often to reset myself.
I am in-between being settled and being a nomad, travelling when I can.
My passions in work, play and creativity have always been about that binary - mind & body, art & science, reason & emotion, self & other, active & passive, masculine & feminine, humans & machines, creativity & algorithm, digital & real.
Photography sales and commissions
Work is available for purchase and I am also available for commissions. Please get in touch if you are interested.
Digital Product Design Director
I work in the world of digital media, creative direction and product design.
I work as a senior executive consultant / Digital Product Director / Experience Design Director.
Product strategy, setting up teams and delivering great online products people love and transform organisations of all scale and size for growth. There is beauty in code if you know where to find it. Good digital design comes from data and a little bit of structure. I work with some of the best creatives & engineers linking data, experiences and images.
Check out my company for more information www.oppositedays.com