Hey, I’m Melinda, an artist living in Margate. I make music / photos / weird films and generally dabble in all sorts of stuff. My approach is intuitive and always led by the moment, following an unknown thread. I prefer to plan nothing. My first solo album ‘In Reverse’ came out this autumn, I am extremely chuffed. I loved putting the tape design together, we used the X-ray from when I shattered my wrist a year ago… I felt it would represent the openness of my record and these tracks… revealing my insides to the world!
Where did you come from and where are you going?
I came from a strange confusion via London and I head towards a new unknown here in Margate, my only goal to be myself. For the first time I’m really focusing on taking myself seriously as an artist, moving out of the city has enabled this and now everything is starting to fall into place.
What preoccupies your mind these days?
I’ve been absorbed by photography recently, realising that I’m approaching it in the same way I make music; in the moment and following what I’m drawn to. I get a lot of pleasure finding the beautiful stark shape of a shadow falling on a pile of rubbish. I also have a new studio space out of the house now, which means I can really focus…or perhaps have no excuses!
Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell
I’m so bad at choosing a favourite anything! I love cackling tearful laughter / seeing a photo appear in front of me – with or without a camera / the smell of lavender / serendipity / change / a good charity shop rummage!
Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares
As a child I dreamt my school was floating in the ocean and there were giant whales and elephants frollicking around. My memory of this is from very high in the sky looking down. More recently I dream of day-to-day scenarios, things that strangely make me feel more grounded.
Have you ever had an uncanny experience?
Many! When there is that eerie feeling of deja vu or a serendipitous thing happens, it feels like everything is alright with the world, then I know I’m on the right track. It brings a sense of calm. But I weirdly cannot for the life of me remember an example of this!
How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself?
This is a lovely question. My work is very much affected by all the elements that each moment holds, including the sense of place. A wonderful artist Barbara Steveni, who I worked with for many years, coined the phrase “Context is Half the Work”. This has always stuck with me, and can relate to absolutely any situation. I’d like to think I am channeling all the contexts that surround me, internally and externally, and allowing that moment to speak.
What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?
I have been so touched by all the very kind folks that have taken time to really listen to my album as a full piece of work, and delved into articulating how they see it. It has helped me immensely to understand what it is that I am actually doing, and to know that it can be truly felt by others. I thank you!
Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke
Anecdotes and jokes are absolutely my worst skill, but in real life I am apparently quite funny. A tub of margarine walks into a bar…?!