Lake Macquarie-based artist, Melody Jones’ portraits make you look twice. Are they upside down, back to front or floating in mid-air? All of the above. Often standing atop a ladder to complete her large-scale drawings, Melody finds her works often take on a life of their own. From the beginning, the process of transforming the world around her into art has struck her as magical, seducing her and challenging her. Energy and precariousness are harnessed by the charcoal she uses. “[Charcoal] allows the contours of the form to emerge or retract,” she says. “The ghosted marks are just as important to me as the more defined line.” While large figurative drawing is not new to the artist, the representation of the active female figure is. By studying the human figure in motion, Melody has ensured movement, colour and drama have found their way into her art practice.
Location: Lake Macquarie NSW