Melanie Ezra is a Wales-based fine artist who works using her own original photographs to create beautiful and intricate collages. She often works in series, providing visual responses to external stimuli such as literature, science, and music. She considers herself a specialist in the deconstruction of time and the extension of the moment.
Since graduating in 2010 Ezra has exhibited her collages nationally and internationally. Her collages and photographic works have shown at Studio Voltaire London, as well as galleries in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and several shows in New York and in Minnesota. Her work is in private collections all over the world. Her output is prolific, as is her inclusion in shows both internationally and at home in the UK. In 2014 alone she is featured in 18 group shows, curated 4 UK exhibitions, and shown as a solo artist in Shrewsbury UK.
Her artworks are often tiny and rarely larger than 4” x 4”. Each collage is a physical reconstruction using tweezers and scalpel and is meticulously recreated in painstaking detail. By reworking with her own imagery she questions the veracity and accuracy of a memory of original experiences. Each collage is flawed and unreliable in relating the image upon which it is based; it narrates differing qualities and interpretations on what can be considered the truth.
Recent works have evolved her practice to include tiny mixed media machines made from doll parts and collaged with text. The theme is always deconstruction and reconstruction, whether this is through a photograph or through her mixed-media works. Creating animate objects from the inanimate, she is considering what it means to be more than the sum of our physical parts. New works include deconstruction of the artist’s own drawings, and those of other artists, to make life-sized physical forms.
Ezra openly describes herself as a ‘renegade arts experimentalist’ and is happy dabbling in anything that pushes her work to the limit and broadens her own potential. She is constantly considering David Hume’s notion that “man is a bundle or collection of different perceptions which succeed one another with an inconceivable rapidity and are in perpetual flux and motion”. This persistent examination means that indubitably the works she creates are full of options and choices rather than mistakes or miscalculation. They are a true reflection of the artist’s mind concentrated into amazing detail and painstaking accuracy.
In an alternate universe she is also a freelance educator and provides photography workshops. In her spare time she produces music videos for goldbringer and Malum Sky, is attempting to learn Welsh, and likes to stroke cats.