Melanie Jame Wolf works solo and with friends making artworks for theater, gallery and screen spaces. Working with text, sound, moving image, choreography, and sculpture in her practice, she makes interdisciplinary pieces about power, flows of capital, and the pervasive phenomenon of 'show business' as it unfolds in theatrical, political and everyday contexts. Her work often focuses on specific performance techniques such as impersonation, rehearsal, or stand up, and on inhabiting recognisable archetypes such as the cowboy, the actress, or the host. Such tools are used as containers for producing poetic meditations on questions of class, gender, sensuality, labour, popular culture, and the body as a political riddle. Performance in this context is understood as a strategy of survival and change. Leaning into a hyper-stylized pop aesthetic, Melanie Jame Wolf is invested in the critical possibilities of humor, and in working with language in subliminal and surprising ways. She has exhibited at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kunstmuseum Basel, The National 2019: New Australian Art Biennial, & Brisbane Institute of Modern Art, among others.
LIVE DREAMS May 2023