AFTER THE DUST STORM
3–27 NOV 2010
Melody Willis is a Sydney based artist who creates beautiful, disquieting works which aim to prompt the eye, the brain and the heart to consider new visual possibilities.
For Willis, painting is a philosophical marker for past events and an arena where the transformation of objects can be played out. Within her process of making, a whole
lot of micro-discussions take place as the work evolves. There are some dualisms: flatness versus depth, the functional versus the fantastic, decay and renewal, beauty and awkwardness. Willis explains:
“If the objects, colours and patterns in this recent series seem evocative of the Pacific Rim or any specific region, it is a reflection of how all this stuff finds its way here. A garage sale or market stall tells a convergent story of the trafficking of culture – a Balinese mask, a patterned robe or an early Celtic design on a beach towel.”
In 2002 Melody Willis worked on a construction site at the experimental architectural project, Arcosanti in Arizona. This experience shifted her work from a critical practice engaged in the problems of urbanism, to an optimistic, expansive and painterly inves- tigation of the transformational capacity of objects. Recently Willis has undertaken a residency in Beijing (2008) at Platform China Contemporary Art Projects and was artist in residence at the National Art School, Sydney (2009). She has exhibited twice in China and has been exhibiting extensively in Sydney since 1999.