flora FINAL COMMISSION Anne-Mie Melis
A New Niche for Nature: Anne-Mie Melis
6 August – 15 October 2016
As part of the series of flora commissions in partnership with Oriel Davies, A New Niche for Nature focuses on the River Towy and in particular the point at which land and water meet – where rare and endangered plant species and invasive plants compete for survival. Anne-Mie Melis highlights the precariousness of this balance alongside wider ecological questions, imagining a new environment or ‘niche’ in which plants might grow.
Anne Mie Melis is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses conventional media and digital technology to create drawings, sculptural work, intervention and moving images. For this project Anne-Mie has become enthralled by the quality of the local ‘riparian zone’ - the interface between land and river or stream, where plant habitats grow along river margins or river banks. Her engagement reminds us that all life is related and is a delicate balance that ebbs and flows.
‘I feel the best way to express myself is through my visual language. I attempt to show an altered reality, aiming to address the responsibility we have towards maintaining this balance between all things on earth and our looming future – which I try to deal with in a lighthearted way!’
The flora exhibition runs alongside A New Niche for Nature at Aberystwyth Arts Centre until 17 September 2016.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Exhibition Launch Friday 5 August at 6pm, Oriel Myrddin Gallery
With a live sound performance by Jobina Tinnemans
Published 02 August 2016