B I O G R A P H Y
Born in South Africa, Heidi Melamed currently lives and works in Sydney. She has degrees in graphic design, a Master of Art from UNSW Art & Design, and a Master of Fine Art from the National Art School.
Heidi Melamed's practice explores form, colour and light, through a dialogue between geometric and organic forms, surface and luminous colour, artificial and natural light. She explores what it means to paint with light. Her obsession with the parabolic shape underpins the design nature of her studio practice. Using the parabola as a visual tool, Melamed explores the creative possibilities of this shape.
Melamed investigates how we see and respond to colour in a world where meaning has shifted from the object to the experience. She encourages the viewer to contemplate the agency of colour in the everyday world, discovering their own sense of being, looking and perceiving. Her practice traverses boundaries of design, painting, photography, and sculpture. Using mixed media, she creates table top sculptures, wall pieces and installation. Glitter and LED neon are often used as a means of introducing light into and onto the colour.
Melamed has been a finalist in the Waverley Art Prize (2018, 2016, 2015), Mosman Art Prize (2015) and Blacktown City Art Prize (2012). She has also exhibited in group shows at Saint Cloche, Paddington; 220 Creative Space, Kings Cross; AD Space, UNSW Art & Design; The Other Art Fair, Sydney (2016) and was Artist in Residence at Moriah College, Queens Park (2016). She recently participated in the following group shows: Postgraduate Exhibition at The National Art School, RELEASED (2018); The New England Regional Art Museum, NERAM, EMANATE (2019); Galerie Pompom, 1919 SALON (2019). UPCOMING First Group Show, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (August 2019).
Heidi Melamed is represented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert.