Installation view, Atelier 2, Tourcoing, France, 2015.

I am an Australian contemporary artist and am currently undertaking a state supported studio residency at the Carré des Artistes in Lille, France. The outcome of the residency will be several community projects and events involving the general public and local residents. After graduating with First Class Honours in Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at Queensland University of Technology in 2011, I undertook a Masters in Fine Art at the Ecole Superière d’Art Nord Pas de Calais, graduating in June 2015 with High Regards. Since then I have been developing an experimental and trans-disciplinary international art practice.

I focus on a critical and playful investigation of the quotidian and experimentation with the time based media of sound and video. Through these mediums the key notion of a bodily disorientation in space is explored. In effect this concept also explores ideas surrounding process, repetition and difference, chance, collaboration, the absurd, the infinite, the temporal, embodied experience, and interactions in space.

My making process arises out of a DIY, experimental and process based context. I often use readily accessible materials rather than make elaborate technical projects. This way of making highlights the process as the primary site of work. The installations seek to explore ones dynamic and phenomenological interactions in space.

I am particularly interested in the use of humour to value play and artistic practice as an aesthetic habit in which to abandon reason. Humour is used a subtle framework in which time, the body as sensation and the quotidian are engaged with in my practice. This is often explored through collaborative efforts and engaging with absurdist notions of making.

My previous collaborative efforts have evolved out of playful and critical responses to everyday moments. These performative moments are reframed through digital media to generate poetic and absurd notions of reality. Transitions between identity, action, purpose, space and the self are also explored through this process. Collaboration is a strategy that is constantly being explored as a dynamic approach to making new and exciting work in my practice. It is also the site in which critical dialogue about contemporary art practices is undertaken.

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melissaryke@gmail.com

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