Melissa Henderson

My work is process led and informed by reading. My interests are history of ideas and psychoanalysis. The reading sparks the working process and gives me ideas for work.

The practical work is extremely process oriented, and I really get stuck in with the materiality of the medium. After a while the practical engagement with materials starts to guide me conceptually as well as formally. I have developed a strong sense of balance between control and chance and make use of this dynamic. I plan the work and make rough sketches, but then I enable accidents and deliberately bring paintings to stages where they collapse. This allows me to make much braver conscious decisions.

I am interested in the relation between the unconscious and conscious in artistic expression. I have experimented with different methods to enable 'accidents' and make use of these. I deliberately combine chance with the controlled, stains and the accidentally found with conscious decision making and editing.


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