Multidisciplinary artist and curator with a specific focus in astronomy. She is a co-Director of super/collider, Lumen Studios and the London Alternative Photography Collective. She is a member of ITACCUS (The Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space) in association with the International Astronautical Federation.
Melanie is currently studying towards a PhD at the Royal College of Art. See RCA Research Profile. Melanie’s research is concerned with the visual language that is currently associated with astronomy. Melanie seeks to find out how visible and invisible celestial objects and phenomena are represented in the field of art and science. Her research compares how these images are produced, disseminated and interpreted. Melanie works with photography, video and sound/data visualization techniques. The artist often seeks opportunities to directly view and capture celestial objects, and benefits from journeys to dark sky areas.
Recent projects include photographic etchings made from meteorite fragments, a series of oscillograph installations fed by pulsar and cosmic ray data, daguerreotypes of the planet Mercury and a series of photographic prints made by the sun, moon and stars. Also in 2017, Melanie has been working with Kielder Observatory and the UCLO Observatory to capture photographic images of stars and planets directly onto photographic film.