Born, South Australia
Bachelor of Visual Arts (1st class Honours), University of South Australia
Artist Statement, 2012
Curl ribbon around the pieces of my heart, bundle all the bones and make a pile in the corner
"This body of work is about death and its relationship with life and beauty rather than fear and sadness.
The entire motivation for my art shifted when my father died, I became preoccupied with ideas surrounding life, loss, fate and mortality. I found interest in epiphyte orchids which under optimal conditions are able to use cavities in a skull as a host from which to grow; I like the idea of something so beautiful growing out of death.
I chose goat skulls to host my orchids because of their association with fate and unexpected tragedy. The ancient Greeks had the goddess of fortune who was often depicted blindfolded. In one hand she held the 'Horn of Plenty' which originally came from the goat Amalthea and was said to provide whomever possessed it with an abundance of whatever they desired. In the Goddess of Fortune's other hand was a ships rudder capable of steering one towards grave danger. People were encouraged to hold the possibility of disaster in their minds at all times, to recognize the fickleness of fortune and the likelihood of tragedy.
At times our emotional response to situations in life can be asymmetrical with heartache, pain or loss leaving a more powerful imprint on our memories than times of happiness. I find it helpful to think of birth and death in terms of symmetry."
Melinda Brodde, 2012
Statement on 2010 works
"In my early works I covered each canvas in imagery set to theme, using displays of obsession and excess to convey a sense of grandeur. The natural evolution of my style has led me to search for on outer structure to more effectively showcase my imagery.
I have always been attracted to work that appears intricate and labour intensive. So it makes perfect sense that I would find inspiration in the elaborate cartouches of Baroque and Rococo influence.
In the 17th Century the cartouche was essentially used as a decorative border to compliment and frame text. These ornate borders featured imagery from a wide variety of subject matters. The imagery is usually determined by the text it was designed to support; examples include animals, monsters, warriors and mythical figures. In my new work the cartouche acts as a base, providing boundaries for my collections of imagery to interact within."
Melinda Brodde, May 2010
Awards & Merits
Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum
Artist feature published in January edition of Entropy Magazine
First Class Honours in Visual Art, Painting, University of South Australia
Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Art Prize
JC Wright Memorial Prize
Helpmann Academy Maestros Dinner Auction
Uni of SA Dean’s Merit List, top 1.5% of undergraduate students
Chancellor’s letter of commendation
(on merit) to join the Golden Key International Honour Society Dean’s Merit
Curl ribbon around the pieces of my heart, bundle all the bones and make a pile in the corner, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
The Fanciful Assemblage of My Imaginings, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Maestro’s & Apprentices Ball, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide, SA
ACGA Group exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic
Broad Spectrum, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
New Paintings, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Work on display in ArtsSA window, Adelaide, SA
Director’s Choice, Hill Smith Gallery, SA
Sprouts Vegetarian Cusine, SA
Mido Mayassi’s Adelaide outlet Millers, works on display, SA
Trial and Error, John Harvey Gallery, SA
Fin de Siele, graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, SA
Fuse, graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, SA