Melissa Spiccia | MELISSA SPICCIA

Artist Statement

I have a deep interest in the detailed physicality and organisation of the body stemming from a career as a contemporary dance artist.

The body has it’s own voice and in my photography I work with it as a malleable and intuitive tool.

I’m interested in seeing the body for what it is, a site of exchange not tied to an identity or to a person but as a mass occupying the space, where the boundaries between the body and it’s inner and outside worlds are porous and constantly shifting.

Often as I did in dance, my own form is used to embody certain concepts and ideas. However I don’t think of myself as performing nor do I see the outcomes and recognise myself in them. There is no audience except for the eye of the camera documenting the body’s organisation as it tries to find different configurations and ways of being.

My processes are nonlinear and in constant transition, allowing ideas to shift, respond and materialise in their most suited form and are unconstrained to one practice.

Artist Bio

I began my training in dance in Australia and 1995 in my late teens, was granted a scholarship to finish my training in Russian ballet at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, prior to starting my career as a professional ballerina, performing at soloist level in Germany for the Chemnitz ballet for a number of years. 

Moving to London I enrolled in a BA (hons) degree at the Trinity Laban Centre in 2003. After graduating I worked as a contemporary dance artist and in 2015 made the conscious decision to shift into the visual arts.

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