Critical theorist Julia Kristeva (1989) notes that “for those who are wracked by melancholia, writing about it would have meaning only if writing sprang out of that very melancholia” (Kristeva, 1989:3). Similarly, my body of work titled Melancholia is intended to be an expression emerging from a melancholic state. This body of work is a personal exploration and material translation of my experience of the melancholic disposition. The work is an attempt to articulate deep-seated sadness and layered introversion, as well as the positive side of the true melancholic. Through an intuitive process of making, I intend to create an awareness on a social level of the strengths and weaknesses of this misunderstood temperament. In this project, I have engaged with this conception of melancholia as a generative mental and emotional state. In an effort to visually and materially translate the inner experience of melancholia in a physical form, the materiality of this body of work hinges on the intuitive selection of mainly found materials that, through their abject qualities, embody my own experience of melancholia. This material interpretation of melancholia involves the dense layering of canvas, in different weights, placed close together and bound by a mixture of glue, paint and detritus swept up off the studio floor, such as hair, broken feathers, dust, ash, small found materials and other ‘muck’. This layering of abject material upon abject material renders dense, yet nuanced forms that are compelling in that they are imbued with, not only darkness and weight but also a contradictory lightness and delicate complexity.
       
     
Slivered Ball of Constriction
       
     
Melancholia (front view)
       
     
Melancholia (back view)
       
     
Bounded Implosion
       
     
Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness
       
     
Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness - detail
       
     
Layered Introversion 1
       
     
Layered Introversion 2
       
     
Untitled - A collection of miniature balls or bound forms
       
     
Layered Introversion 6
       
     
Floorwork on Wall
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
Scrolls in a box
       
     
Scrolls in a box - detail
       
     
Inner Constriction
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail
       
     
 Critical theorist Julia Kristeva (1989) notes that “for those who are wracked by melancholia, writing about it would have meaning only if writing sprang out of that very melancholia” (Kristeva, 1989:3). Similarly, my body of work titled Melancholia is intended to be an expression emerging from a melancholic state. This body of work is a personal exploration and material translation of my experience of the melancholic disposition. The work is an attempt to articulate deep-seated sadness and layered introversion, as well as the positive side of the true melancholic. Through an intuitive process of making, I intend to create an awareness on a social level of the strengths and weaknesses of this misunderstood temperament. In this project, I have engaged with this conception of melancholia as a generative mental and emotional state. In an effort to visually and materially translate the inner experience of melancholia in a physical form, the materiality of this body of work hinges on the intuitive selection of mainly found materials that, through their abject qualities, embody my own experience of melancholia. This material interpretation of melancholia involves the dense layering of canvas, in different weights, placed close together and bound by a mixture of glue, paint and detritus swept up off the studio floor, such as hair, broken feathers, dust, ash, small found materials and other ‘muck’. This layering of abject material upon abject material renders dense, yet nuanced forms that are compelling in that they are imbued with, not only darkness and weight but also a contradictory lightness and delicate complexity.
       
     

Critical theorist Julia Kristeva (1989) notes that “for those who are wracked by melancholia, writing about it would have meaning only if writing sprang out of that very melancholia” (Kristeva, 1989:3). Similarly, my body of work titled Melancholia is intended to be an expression emerging from a melancholic state. This body of work is a personal exploration and material translation of my experience of the melancholic disposition. The work is an attempt to articulate deep-seated sadness and layered introversion, as well as the positive side of the true melancholic. Through an intuitive process of making, I intend to create an awareness on a social level of the strengths and weaknesses of this misunderstood temperament. In this project, I have engaged with this conception of melancholia as a generative mental and emotional state. In an effort to visually and materially translate the inner experience of melancholia in a physical form, the materiality of this body of work hinges on the intuitive selection of mainly found materials that, through their abject qualities, embody my own experience of melancholia. This material interpretation of melancholia involves the dense layering of canvas, in different weights, placed close together and bound by a mixture of glue, paint and detritus swept up off the studio floor, such as hair, broken feathers, dust, ash, small found materials and other ‘muck’. This layering of abject material upon abject material renders dense, yet nuanced forms that are compelling in that they are imbued with, not only darkness and weight but also a contradictory lightness and delicate complexity.

Slivered Ball of Constriction
       
     
Slivered Ball of Constriction

Acrylic pigment, found muck, glue, canvas
64 x 43 x 14 cm
2017

Melancholia (front view)
       
     
Melancholia (front view)

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm
2017

Melancholia (back view)
       
     
Melancholia (back view)

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm
2017

Bounded Implosion
       
     
Bounded Implosion

Acrylic pigment, found muck, glue, canvas in steel box
53 x 44,5 x 6 cm
2017

Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness
       
     
Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness

Sieved wood fired ash, beeswax, metal box and stand
142 x 44 x 36,5 cm
2017

Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness - detail
       
     
Ash in a Box/Prolonged Sadness - detail

Sieved wood fired ash, beeswax, metal box and stand
142 x 44 x 36,5 cm
2017

Layered Introversion 1
       
     
Layered Introversion 1

Plastic netting, recycled clothing, gauze, felt, cotton thread, pins
22 x 20 cm
2017

Layered Introversion 2
       
     
Layered Introversion 2

Plastic netting, recycled clothing, gauze, felt, cotton thread
17 x 9,5 cm
2017

Untitled - A collection of miniature balls or bound forms
       
     
Untitled - A collection of miniature balls or bound forms

Gauze, ball bearings, cotton thread
Various sizes from 1 x 1 x 1 cm to 1 x 1,5 x 1 cm
2017

Layered Introversion 6
       
     
Layered Introversion 6

Recycled clothing, cotton fabric, cotton thread
17 x 10 cm
2018

Floorwork on Wall
       
     
Floorwork on Wall

Wood ash, charcoal, acrylic pigment, wood glue, found muck, canvas
182,5 x 358 cm
2017

FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL

Wood ash, charcoal, acrylic pigment, wood glue, found muck, canvas
182,5 x 358 cm
2017

FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL

Wood ash, charcoal, acrylic pigment, wood glue, found muck, canvas
182,5 x 358 cm
2017

FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL
       
     
FLOORWORK ON WALL - DETAIL

Wood ash, charcoal, acrylic pigment, wood glue, found muck, canvas
182,5 x 358 cm
2017

Scrolls in a box
       
     
Scrolls in a box

Oil, acrylic pigment, found muck, wood glue, felt, cotton thread, pins, canvas, wooden box covered in canvas, metal stand
170 x 43,5 x 35,5 cm
2017

Scrolls in a box - detail
       
     
Scrolls in a box - detail

Oil, acrylic pigment, found muck, wood glue, felt, cotton thread, pins, canvas, wooden box covered in canvas, metal stand
170 x 43,5 x 35,5 cm
2017

Inner Constriction
       
     
Inner Constriction

Plastic netting, recycled clothing, gauze, felt, cotton thread, rubber inner tubes, wool, rope, acrylic pigment, wood glue
Various sizes from 5,4 x 5,4 x 4 cm to 60 x 60 x 15 cm
2017

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm

Melancholia - detail
       
     
Melancholia - detail

Oil, acrylic, wood ash, industrial enamel, found muck, wood glue, resin, bedding, felt, canvas
250 x 600 x 36 cm