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Melinda Brodde

1981    
Born, South Australia

2003   
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

Awards & Merits

2010
Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum

2004
Artist feature published in January edition of Entropy Magazine

2003
First Class Honours in Visual Art, Painting, University of South Australia

2002
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

Invitation (on merit) to join the Golden Key International Honour Society Dean’s Merit List.

Exhibitions

2014
'Walking the Line' Group Drawing Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2012 
Curl ribbon around the pieces of my heart, bundle all the bones and make a pile in the corner, Solo Exhibition Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2010
The Fanciful Assemblage of My Imaginings, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Maestro’s & Apprentices Ball, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide, SA

2009   
ACGA Group exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic
Broad Spectrum, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2008
New Paintings, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Work on display in ArtsSA window, Adelaide, SA
Director’s Choice, Hill Smith Gallery, SA

2006
Sprouts Vegetarian Cusine, SA

2005
Mido Mayassi’s Adelaide outlet Millers, works on display, SA

2004
Trial and Error, John Harvey Gallery, SA

2003
Fin de Siele, graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, SA

2002
Fuse, graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, SA

 

Melinda Brodde

as you were


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm
 

$680

Melinda Brodde

i won't let winter slay me


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

weightless but not about to crash into the night


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680
SOLD

Melinda Brodde

breathing space


Medium:
Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:
120 x 152 cm

$3,500

Melinda Brodde

What's important is unusual


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

The harder you look the softer I get


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

A welcome abstraction


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

Cluster face


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

Echo chasm


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

Everything be numb


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680
SOLD

Melinda Brodde

i saw myself looking over me and wondered where i was


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680
SOLD

Melinda Brodde

it'd be just like the stars to defy the moon


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680
SOLD

Melinda Brodde

never the less


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

some things you see and forget, some things you remember and collect


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

take what you know and make something of it


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

the will to fashion a world


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

Melinda Brodde

things are beginning to feel human again


Medium:
Oil on wood

Dimensions:
36 x 28 cm

$680

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