British artist Zanny Mellor addresses themes of speed, light and time in a sensory exploration of place. The impermanence of material, experience and perception drive her painting and photography work where states of presence and remembrance are examined and a tension between control and chance is actively sort after. Fluidity is a defining material concern in her process-led practice, where reductive actions create a measured, gestural language.
As the viewer moves around Afterimage 3 the light catches different areas of the canvas, creating a visual uncertainty designed to challenge the viewer’s perception. Described by the artist, "It is titled Afterimage because the repetitive marking making means each gesture catches your eye, creating an impression that then fades to be replaced by the next. The paint has been applied in rolling gestural lines and swiftly removed leaving only traces of action, reminiscent of erosive processes in water carved landscapes."
Mellor completed a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2015 with Distinction. Recent projects include a collaborative residency and installation The Shape of Light, group exhibitions Making It Real curated by the London Alternative Photography Collective, Lumen: School of Light and Uncommon Ground at Royal Geographical Society.
Her work is held in private collections in the UK, Europe, South Africa, UAE and Australia.