Melanie Ezra and Ben Honebone are multidisciplinary artists based in Wales. Melanie is an international artist specializing in collage whilst Ben is a musician and graphic designer with more than 20 years’ experience. Collaborations in the past have included the creation of music videos and sleeve artwork for Ben’s band goldbringer.
Recently though the pair have developed their collaborative practice in the form of Structured Chaos; a body of work which has been in creation since the start of 2015. Here original photographs provided by Ben are chaotically reworked by Melanie in order to rebuild the picture back to something approaching its original form. A construction from one is deconstructed and rebuilt by the other. Each artwork is a layered 12″ x 12″ hand-cut paper assemblage with no glue used. Instead, up to 20 layers of cut photograph are assembled using only paper fasteners at each corner.
Structured Chaos is drawing parallels from the world of theoretical physics with its sub atomic particles and string theory; a world of quantum uncertainty where probability rules supreme and where the simple act of viewing irrevocably changes the thing being viewed.
Each artwork will be alive with shapes which seem to writhe in mind-boggling shape and complexity. At the same time the energy and dynamism, the chaos of the piece, is always resolved through retaining the parameters of Ben’s original photograph. If we try to see the detailed chaos at the same time as the overall harmonies of the picture then perhaps we get a glimpse of the paradoxical nature of the quantum universe.
The growth of this collaboration is wholly organic and often sees decisions about the structure of the artwork morphing and changing throughout the creation of each piece. Since nothing is fixed, the art can be restructured and rebuilt in whatever form the artists see fit and negotiation about what is possible is only limited by the vast number of permutations and combinations of the paper layers. The option is always there, even after framing, to rework each artwork. In a world where nothing is certain this is cutting edge, evolutionary art.