The interest in culture as an unpredictable and uncontrollable power, which steers human societies and secures their survival, is the fundament of my artistic practice.
Our culture enables us to use tools and create systems of beliefs to protect us from
dangers. It gives us
In my previous series of paintings I investigated how certain cultural forms from
the past influence our modern culture (folk tales gathered by Brothers Grimm; romantic
female archetype based on selected women from the
I start my working process with thorough research, in which I focus my attention on those aspects of the subject, which help me understand the mechanisms of culture. Those aspects define the form of paintings and the techniques that can relate to the subject in a
Currently, I am working on a new series exploring the material value that different human cultures assigned to various commodities over the course of history, for example: gold, sugar, spices, cotton, guano, or tulip bulbs.
Mela collaborates with Maria Stenfors.