Approved: 16.08.2006

Melanie Guy

Artist, Maker, Consultant

Approved: 16.08.2006

My influences come from all natural things. I lived on a boat for three years and sailed, so impressions of the elements and the environment are within my direct experience. Much of my work reflects this time. Light animates the surface of the pewter that I use, but is ethereal and resembles transient and delicate qualities in the balance of the natural world. Like the light, our empathy with nature waxes and wanes – possibly a post-industrial whim or a dangerous fact? In an abstract mode I use a universal language that is devoid of cultural reference, to recognise nature's plight, promote a review of her beauty and celebrate her amazing ability to regenerate.

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  • Location: South West England, South West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions, Events management, Visual arts consultancy
  • Categories: Project, Environment, Intervention, Metalwork, Sculpture
  • Tags: sea fluidity modular environment natural play design wallwork, relief exhibition
 

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    Biography

    My influences come from all natural things. I lived on a boat for three years and sailed, so impressions of the elements and the environment are within my direct experience. Much of my work reflects this time. Light animates the surface of the pewter that I use, but is ethereal and resembles transient and delicate qualities in the balance of the natural world. Like the light, our empathy with nature waxes and wanes – possibly a post-industrial whim or a dangerous fact? In an abstract mode I use a universal language that is devoid of cultural reference, to recognise nature's plight, promote a review of her beauty and celebrate her amazing ability to regenerate.

    Concepts - Environmental concerns. Abstract and semi-abstract mark-making with emotional content and interpretation from natural forms and experience, imagination and memory. Influences Environmental, interpretative, sensorial, aesthetic, functional, celebratory, monumental.

    Career path - I originally trained in ceramics and worked for the Welsh craft market. I made simple brass jewellery for craft fairs in Florida. Then taught Art and Design as head of a secondary school art department. I developed methods in papier-mache, making work for theatre and festival and fulfilled a number of community projects and murals. I design children's play areas and other 3-D work which branches into sculpture for public art, many designs prepared. I won the Business Link South West Design competition in 1997, winning a commission to produce a number of trophies and I have since worked on other trophy commissions for awards. I produce fine art work in metal, and sculpture. I have developed methods which lend themselves to making beautiful things, some of which go into the designer/crafts market. While I look for further opportunities, I continue to make drawings and 3-D works for exhibition.

    CV & Education

    Decorex 2014, Syon Park, Sept 2014; Plymouth Society of Art, Jan 2014; Solo at High Cross House at Dartington, Oct/Nov 2013; LES DEUX CHEVRES near Dijon France; Drawn to the Valley Annual Exhibition at Mount Edgecumbe; PEWTER LIVE 2013, London; The Mall Galleries, DESIGNER CRAFTS 2013; Galerie de L'Hotel de Ville, Lorient Biennale LE TEMPS DES SIRENES 2012; SWAc Open at gloss-Art, Exeter; Events Square Falmouth, SPLASH Festival;

    Solo exhibitions - Decorex 2014, Syon Park, September 2014; Celtic Festival, Brittany 2011, Representing Cornwall, Lorient, Brittany, France 2011 - Exhibition, Art at the Works, Tavistock, Devon 2011 - Melanie Guy, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Trelawny Reception, Truro 2008 - Mary Newman’s Cottage, Saltash, Cornwall 2006 - All Over the Wall for Architecture Week - interior wall panels, 'Harlequin' at Inscape, Launceston, Cornwall 2006 - The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, N. London 2001 - Saltmill Frames Project, Plymouth, Touring, Groundwork Group exhibitions 2012 - “Le Temps des Sirènes” 3rd Biennale Internationale des Femmes, Le Marie, Larmor-Plage, Brittany 2012 - PEWTER LIVE 2012 & 2013, Pewterers Hall, City of London 2011 - ‘RECEIVED WISDOM’ , Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, Newbury, Berks 2011 - 21st Century FurnitureIII - wall hangings , Millinery Works, Islington 2011 - Dartmouth Contemporary Arts , Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon 2011 - DESIGNER CRAFTS 2011, Mall Galleries, London 2011 - PEWTER LIVE, Peweterer's Hall, London 2011 - PLYMOUTH SOCIETY ARTISTS, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth, Devon 2010 - OPEN STUDIOS-Drawn to the Valley , The Gallery, Climson, Stoke Climsland, Cornwall 2009 - 1984, Kowalsky Gallery, DESIGNER & ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY, London 2009 - PEWTER LIVE, Butcher Works , Sheffield 2009 - WAYS WITHOUT WORDS, Dartington College of the Arts, Totnes, Devon 2008 - DESIGNER CRAFTS AT THE MALL 2008, Mall Galleries, London 2007 - 155 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol 2007 - Christmas Exhibition, SDC Gallery, Rivington Street, Shoreditch Curated projects 2012 - SPLASH Artists Trail, Falmouth Arts Festival 2012, Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall 2009 - ‘1984’, Kowalsky Gallery, Designer & Artists Copywrite Society , 33 Great Sutton Street London EC1V 0DX 2009 - PEWTER LIVE at Galvanize Festival, Butcher Works, Academy of Makers, Arundel Street, Sheffield 2006 - Drawn to the Valley, Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth University, Plymouth 2006 - Drawn to the Valley, Saltram House Gallery, Plymouth 2006 - Touring Exhibition of Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards - Shortlist, at Wesley-Barrell stores & Crafts Council's 'Origins' in autumn, London, Bristol, Manchester, 'Origins' at Somerset House Workshops 2012 - Pewter - mark-making, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall Residencies 2013 - Melanie Guy, High Cross House, Dartington, Devon Public commissions 2009 - 'TEN', Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton Corporate commissions 2012 - LIFE, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Treliske Hospital, Truro 2005 - Design for 'Enterprising Plymouth' ' trophies, Force 4, Plymouth, Devon 2004 - Trophies & designs for 'Business Challenge 2004, Force 4, Plymouth, St Mellion Golf Club 2001 - Mike Smith Award trophies, Xerox, Wellyn Garden City Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - PEWTER LIVE-Patricia & Alexander Neish Award, Pewterers' Hall, City of London 2006 - Wesley-Barrell Craft Awards - shortlist, Wesley-Barrell in association with Crafts Council, National touring exhibition