Artist Snapshot: Melodie and Dreams

Melodie Heart (MarieMadeleine38) & Dreams (Barry Richez) are the last, but by no means least of the collaborations that make up the Launch 1 group of artists. They will occupy Region 3 for a period of three months, starting January 1st.

Both from France, Dreams gave me plenty of opportunity to dig up some rusty French. While my communication with Melodie was in English, she shouts out a big “Merci!” being “Grateful and thrilled to participate to the inauguration of this brand new art place.” Similarly, Dreams expresses his gratitude, and says he is “tres heureux d’avoir obtenue ce SLEA grant et de faire partie de cette nouvelle aventure Artistique (very happy to have obtained this SLEA and to be part of this new artistic adventure)“.

” Que seriont nous sans imagination ? (What would we be without imagination?)” Dreams (Barry Richez)

Being later in the preparation period, Michiel Bechir stepped in to photograph his friend and catch a glimpse of Melodie at work on the region. Here, I try not to reveal too much in order to allow the pleasure of experiencing it for yourself.

During their preparations at SLEA, Melodie and Dreams worked in the background, quietly progressing with their art, creating an intangible mystique. I was eager to learn of what we should expect.

Dreams views “L’Art c’est La Vie (Art is Life)” and says he works with “Style Imaginatif a chaque création (an imaginative style in every creation)”. He is inspired by Salvador Dali.

“Dreams don’t work, unless you do.” (Melodie Heart (MarieMadeleine38))

Melodie expresses a similar imagination, her style being. “Outside the box, thought provoking.” Art, for her, is “…free expression without words.”

She queries why I didn’t ask her, “Would you like a Sunday ice cream with caramel topping?” I laugh as she has already told me that Wayne Thiebaud is who she’d love to share a gallery with.

As I’m now out of Rioja, I plan on a bottle of Bordeaux, it seems appropriate, however, it’s not just Melodie who loves ice-cream. I’m tempted by Dreams’ recommendation to bring “Une glace a la vanille et au chocolat (vanilla and chocolate icecream)”. For Melodie though, add a topping of “a smile”.

I’m sure there will be plenty of those to go around.

Thank you to Melodie and Dreams for enabling the writing of this post, to Dreams (photos of the artist Barry Richez) and Michiel Bechir (photographs of Melodie). Melodie and Dreams will show at Region 3, January 1st until end of March.

Published by Safar Fiertze

Safar used to be a slave to her own ideas about what it meant to be a proper person. When she woke up she decided to learn how to ride a motorbike, and took to the road armed only with pen and paper. She now calls herself a writer, though currently as a ghost.

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