Amsterdam-based artist Su Melo holds a Bachelor in Graphic Design from UNIACC, Santiago (CL) and a second Bachelor in Fine Art from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL). She also has relevant studies and physical work experience with mentors and communities based on ancient techniques of hand modelling with clay. All of them mainly located in South America and India.
Having the experience of living submerge in very different cultures and believes, it is essential for Su Melo to work on the awareness of the common tendency to perceive reality based on pre-conceived ideas, rather than the empiric experience. Therefore, Su Melo's art work is about making distinction between the idea of something and the object/event itself.
Her work stems from this distinction and the encounter between two possible opposite realities. But it is not about dualities itself, it is about the unexpected, the unknown result that derives from the clash between the two seemingly opposing forces, which I think ‘agreement’ can be found. She believes this agreement has the power to overcome the underlying dualities. This pattern gives her room to engage in social topics that she feel the urgency to draw attention to, as for instance multi-cultural overlapping, feminism or power-based issues.
In addition, the intertwined experiences related to different approaching with clay around the world, allow Su Melo to consider clay not only as a medium but also as an anthropological devise. Thereby, Su Melo's art work is partly research related on the materiality of clay and its connection with people’s behaviours and culture. It is an ongoing research, the develop of certain methodology framed as Clay Practice sessions/events.