Inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC, Melanie Pereira Alves began a new body of work focusing on women’s stories. This ongoing project has branched out onto sub series, Permanent lives in a Female body and Pillow Talk. Both of which will be on display as part of her solo show Women|Omen.
In Permanent lives in a Female body Alves interviews, photographs and engages with different women sharing their narratives. Through these intimate documentary experiences, Alves creates deeply personal and layered portraits in various mediums. The series continues Alves’ exploration of current social and cultural issues, such as inequality, racism, xenophobia and violence.
In Pillow Talk, the artist makes a physical and spiritual connection between the audience and the women interviewed by hand-crafting quilted seats in the form of female bodies. For these “women pillows,” as Alves calls them, she first outlines the body of each woman resting in a comfortable position. These are then used to create simplified, quilted, life-size versions of the interviewed women which are exhibited as an interactive installation. Pillow talk comes with a notebook and a pen for visitors to share their own stories (about themselves or others).
With this body of work, Melanie Alves aims to connect strangers through their stories; bonding them through shared experiences and acknowledging that every story is worth sharing.
About the Artist
MELANIE PEREIRA ALVES is a Portuguese-American visual artist living in San Francisco, Ca. Alves has a 5 year degree (equivalent to a MA degree) in Fine Arts from Porto University, Portugal. She has also studied at the famous Ecole Nationalle Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris and ENSBA de Bordeaux, France.
Over the past few years, Alves has been focusing her art on addressing the refugee crisis, the war on Syria, immigration, gun violence and culture of fear.
Alves has been largely influenced by the interaction of performance and installation art, the motion of video art, and the marginality of street art. To her, the concept is King, therefore the idea will dictate the best medium to be used to materialize her vision.
Since moving to San Francisco from London UK in 2011, Melanie Alves has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions including shows at Whitewalls, 111 Minna Gallery and Modern Eden. One of her latest exhibitions was a group exhibit titled “Imagine peace now”, a show that traveled to different locations around the United States for a year's time, bringing awareness to the gun violence that torments our Society.