My work touches on a personal and contemplative reconsideration of the history of photography. I use a combination of approaches and photographic techniques to create subtle connections between light, genres, forms, ideas, and emotions. The moments these works address waver on the edge of narrative, creating an aura that goes beyond concept and form.
Recently I have been working on landscapes that are inspired by the location that I live in, Los Angeles and its surroundings. These pictures bring together discrete events, forming an enigmatic environment and imagined locale that eludes a linear navigation. Each work’s depth and complexity convey temporal and intuitive sensibilities, lulling the viewer into a sense of attraction underscored by darker currents of abandonment and decay. Both found and constructed, the architectural environments I present have the aesthetic value of a sculpture-within-a-photograph.
My photographs do not document what was photographed, nor are they a formal exposition of photography’s constructs. The works have the freedom to not only represent but also to underline the collapse between reflection and action at the crux of making a photograph.
Melanie Schiff (Los Angeles, CA) received her MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery which has shown her work in numerous solo and two person exhibitions. Schiff’s work has also been featured in exhibitions at Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, France, Miami MOCA in Miami, FL, the Seattle Museum of Art, and P.S.1 MoMA in NYC. In 2008, she was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2006, she was an artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI and her work is the collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL.