A New Collective

These New Forms are opening all sorts of collaborative doors over the last few days. I’ve talked to other artists about who we are as a little group of people and what this means in terms of us as a wider society of humans.

My original concept for New Forms was to go back over my past sketches and sketchbooks and use the material of the past to create a new body of work for the future. The canvas being a mannequin enhances the idea of a corporeal body which evolves as it transitions from past to future. These new skins and new bodies speak new volumes from the remains of the old.

Through inviting other artists to donate me pieces of their past I’m no longer thinking of myself as a singular being but am evolving ideas on community cohesion. I am a singular being but the experiences I have are not since they are informed and inspired by the actions of others. We are moving forward together as a society. It is almost impossible to exist without human contact of some sort. Our collective pasts overlap and inspire who we are today. People who may not have featured in that past are here today to help evolve our futures. Our timelines are twisted and interwoven together, layered in sometimes obscure and incredible ways.

So here is the latest interweaving of time. This is a past mixed-media work of artists Tim Kelly and Ryan Christopher Courtier deconstructed/reconstructed by me into the present. It is a front torso rather than a whole body construct. It somehow felt right that it should be this and nothing more. The response I have created from the material they gave me is how it is, nothing more, nothing less. There are no fancy titles here. New Form 5 is a merging of practices and timelines, a connection of minds over several periods of time in an attempt to connect with each other and a wider society.

Next I’ll be saying goodbye to the torso for a bit in exchange for a look at hands in collaboration with another artist.

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‘New Form 5’ mixed media construct by Melanie Ezra, Ryan Christopher Courtier, and Tim Kelly

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