Jan Melka, born 1995, french-american visual artist, lives and works in Paris, France.
The human form is destructured, defects are emphasized and the geometry of curves is accentuated. Imperfect features, inverted perspectives, apparent nonsense and corrupted materials push the envelope. The inspiration comes from the subconscious, without passing through conventional channels. She is immersed in aesthetics and a search for meaning but ultimately her subjects come from somewhere above and beyond these concerns. Most of her work is characterized by layers, repetitive shapes or abstract bodies and immature drawings. The compositions includes both the front and back, frequently incorporating repurposed materials. Digging into the ground to uncover one stratum after another. Old memories, spaced centuries or milleniums apart, turn out to be closely related, like next door neighbors, separated by a few layers of soil. Any noble or neglected material that evokes the freedom is inspiring.
Jan's work has been exhibited at The Lobby, Tokyo, Japan; Michael Bargo gallery in New-York, US; Plate.Paris gallery, Paris, France; Pavillon Vendôme, Paris, France; Galerie Sans Titre, Paris, France; Spring Studios, New York, NY, USA ; NoblePeople, London, UK and Studio H13, Lyon, France.
"Today, my work is a product of my motions. Each piece illustrates nostalgic feelings and immature struggles. It's a way of growing against up. It's also a quest towards the most unexperienced life ever. Now that I am a adult I feel like I can explain what I meant as a child."