The Gallery

"The driving force of my work is story telling, which initially came through documentary photography. As my family grew up, I began to tell my own more personal story in a broader practice ranging from introspective still life images, sequenced in hand bound books to collaborative environmental art. I have undertaken photography residencies and commissions working within the landscape and with the community, using environmental or dramatised portraiture. An important element is accompanying text, which gives a voice to the work and the people involved. Past exhibitions consist of work looking at the cycles of nature, ancient woodland, and gardens and more constructed pictures around the reflection of myth and fairy tale folk lore in our lives. This material gives me access to the unconscious and is flexible enough to throw light on the domestic dynamic between parent and child, male and female, youth and age."

                                               Karen Melvin