Friday, 20 February 2015

Melanie Ezra - Caer Hecsagon

Caer Hecsagon in front of the Tower of London
Welcome to the Dwell exhibition and book. For a whole month we will be taking each artist's page and transforming it into a 3 dimensional dwelling. Each one of these small sculptures will be exhibited in public on the London streets.

Today's sculpture comes from Melanie Ezra, a frequent exhibitor with Collect Connect and active participant in Collect Connect exhibitions.

Structured Chaos’ 12″ x 12″ layered paper

'Melanie Ezra is a UK-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment.'

On Melanie's website we read that she is currently exploring the world of theoretical physics with its sub atomic particles and string theory; a world of quantum uncertainty where probability rules supreme and where the simple act of viewing irrevocably changes the thing being viewed. One can get a sense of this from the first art work in Melanie's 'Structured Chaos' series, pictured here. The image is alive with strings which seem to seethe in mind boggling complexity. At the same time we can resolve this highly energetic and dynamic image to see a serene landscape which suggests solitude and peacefulness. If we try seeing both at the same time perhaps we get a glimpse of the paradoxical nature of the quantum universe.

Melanie's net 'Caer Hecsagon' is a tiny castle complete with outer wall, keep and portcullis. It belongs to a time when stone walls and a company or two of pike men and bowmen provided a statement of security and power (or fear and oppression). Such concrete certainties are no longer so easy to come by and I wonder what the modern version of the castle is.

We photographed Caer Hecsagon (we love the name!) in front of the Tower of London which is  one of the oldest palaces in Europe and remains, to this day, a symbol of power in the heart of London.

Don't forget to have a look at the next Collect Connect project, 'The Art of Caring' exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter.

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