17th July – 28th Sept 2008

NOW & THEN
Antique meets Contemporary


'Saturday' brooch - gold, ebony, resin, pigment, hair
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Melanie Bilenker

The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants.

My life is defined by what I do every day. I want to contemplate the small events, to inspect without idealizing them.

As Henri Lefebvre once wrote –
“I am not interested in the high points of life. Only five minutes of every day are interesting. I want to show the rest, normal life.”

Biographical Details



Artists taking part in Memento Mori are: Melanie Bilenker; Constanze Schreiber; Claudia Stebler.
Memento Mori Antique pieces
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Other themes: Sentiment & Sex; Power & Politics; The Lighter Side.