Monday 5 February 2018

Year 3262 - Melanie Ezra - #smallworldfutures

Melanie Ezra, Magdalen Street, London Bridge, #unsettledgallery 7
Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (

#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world. 

Today we discover the Small World Future of.... Melanie Ezra
The year is 3262

We piece together the past with these artefacts. Belonging to a world thousands of years ago. Or so we believe.
Found in the Lea Valley of the Kings, deep within the Pyramids of Leytonstone, the grand palaces of the ancient kings and queens.
Time has not been kind, preservation is a game of chance. Synthetic bright coloured clothes and golden shoes give us a glimpse of their impeccable taste and beauty.
The first tomb contains the remains of DAVID.
David is a hero, he slays giants, he is a king.
His queen lays embalmed in the second chamber.
Bound and tied, her arms surgically removed to accentuate her Venus.
It is a sign of love to wrap her so tight.
Next to her, sheets of papyrus. Cosmopolitan words that talk of Beauty, Sacred Ecstasy and Sexual Pleasure. She is perfect.
Pinned to her strapped body is a sign.
It reads....I used to be Posh Spice.
She was a Goddess.
Or so we believe.

Alban Low

Melanie Ezra
You can find Melanie Ezra's Small World Future located at the bottom of a brick indentation on Magdalen Street, London Bridge at #unsettledgallery No.7. If you can find it then you can take it home, or perhaps you will leave it for someone else to discover.

Melanie Ezra is a Wales-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. Recent works have evolved her practice to include three dimensional mixed media art forms based on dolls, mannequins, and the human form. The theme is always deconstruction and reconstruction, whether this is through a photograph or through her mixed-media works. Ezra openly describes herself as a ‘renegade arts experimentalist’ and is happy dabbling in anything that pushes her work to the limit and broadens her own potential.

Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, these include album artwork, publishing chapbooks, making films, maps, conceptual exhibitions, live performance and good old drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Low spends his evenings in the jazz clubs of London where he captures the exhilaration of live performances in his sketchbook. On Wednesday evenings he sketches the performers on the radio show A World in London at Resonance FM. He is about to open an exhibition of these drawings at the Yehudi Menuhin Concert Hall on the 14th February 2018.

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