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Melissa McGill works with pre-existing images and objects to reveal what could be called “found space.” She explores the spaces within and without these existing forms: whether casting the hidden inside spaces of found porcelain figures and then recasting them into bronze “Belles” that function as actual bells and can be rung; rendering the spaces between Bernini’s mythological sculpture of Apollo and Daphne, then creating hollow black blown glass representations of them which hang in space as a sculptural mapping of voids; or creating ambient sound boxes in the shape of the Venetian campos (public city squares) which, when closed, murmur mysteriously until the viewer lifts the lid to release a world of everyday ambient sounds recorded in that particular campo. Through these various techniques, these overlooked objects, hidden voids and negative spaces are rendered into sculptural form. The original object, though transformed in the artistic process, resonates in the final work and bears a ghostly resemblance to its original self.
As Melissa’s work with the sculptural forms found on the “other side” of our experience in the world around us has evolved, she has become increasingly interested in more active, experiential pursuit of these explorations. In her most recent work sound has come to play an integral part. This integration of sound, and its activation by the viewer, further engages the audience with the work so that they become active participants rather than passive viewers.
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