The Fall is a body of work developed for a solo show at Campbell Works, London.
Making the work was a response to the experience of infertility, but not its sole concern. The photographs draw a direct line between the subject and its role in the making of an image; prioritising action and distancing thought in the production of the photographs. Naturally occurring and constructed actions replace the decisive role of the photographer to trigger images of events and objects in tension and suspension.
On Falling – Interview with Christiane Monarchi, Editor – www.photomonitor.co.uk
Christiane Monarchi: Images of a person dropping something fragile in the instant before it hits, or a piece of furniture suspended in air, these could imply a narrative of wilful destruction, a tiny chaos introduced into an otherwise calm interior, and of a different tenor than a falling plastic ball or apple. What comes next, after the image?
Melanie Stidolph: I like the phrase ‘a tiny chaos’, in thinking of a bigger picture, a wider significance to the idea of ‘The Fall’ I kept returning to slight shifts in environment and perception that can be suggestive of a wider significance. In pursuing the works and chasing the idea of the fall I think I knew I didn’t want the images to be spectacular, but more everyday or incidental in how they appeared, perhaps then to allow more space for a consideration of what led up to them, what came before, rather than what came after.