Melissa Matveyeff is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist living in Australia. Her art practice explores the language of absurdity in the context of the existential and metaphoric, moving between mediums such as video, scattered installations/assemblages and sculpture. Melissa creates objects inspired by the intricacies of “anxiety”, exploring how objects in space can embody anxious gestures and absurd attitudes. In her work, this occurs when a combination of found everyday objects, assemblages and sculptures are exhibited to form a dialogue on our social desire to to be good,desireable, beautiful and successful and how dysfunction arises. Questioning why do we subscribe to these ideals, how do we adopt them and where are they implemented. Humour, mimicry and attitudinal gestures via placement of objects are key devices in her practice that help her articulate a thoughtful approach to anxiety, absurdity and the existential vacuum. Indeed, she has a process based practice that is motivated by experimentation. There is a sense of humour to her practice, however, she unpacks real issues regarding psychosocial dynamics and their nonsensical nature. She believes this sense of “fun” comments on the absurdity of contemporary life, which is arguably becoming increasingly laughable and unreasonable.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2018 Artist in Residence / 5 month residency