Photo: Melanie Guy in South West England, South West

Melanie Guy

Artist, Maker, Consultant

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.

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Location South West England, South West
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Private commissions, Events management, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms / type of project Project, Environment, Intervention, Metalwork, Sculpture
Tags sea fluidity modular environment natural play design wallwork, relief exhibition
Website http://www.melanieguy.com

News & Events

  • Developing more work on plankton and the 'floating world'.

    Working on sculptural series - on pollution of the seas and exploring wood as a sculptural medium.

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