Melanie Counsell creates elegiac and earthy temporary transformations of unusual environments and unoccupied buildings.
Her works are remarkable for their economy of means and their poignant engagement with feelings. It deals with aspects of grief, melancholy, human tragedy and loss. Counsell's art links abstract, formal considerations with psychological content, and equivocates between natural processes and the world of construction or manufacture. She favours industrial materials but connects them to the natural processes thus endowing the material with a sense of delicacy and fragility. Light and water, as membranous, reflective elements, also figure prominently, along with sounds and smells.
Born in Wales, Counsell lives and works in London where she is represented by Matt's Gallery.