Q&A with Cristina H Melo

"I use photography to record images. And in each, I see a kind of metaphor, since, as we know, the eyes do not see the same as the photo, any photo, shows."

It Wasn't Mine But Now It Is - Photographic collage 70 x 50 cm
Born in: 1962; Portugal
Lives in: Lisbon, Portugal
Education: Counsellor For Addiction Diseases, Weston-Super-Mare, UK · Drawing Course, Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisboa · Professional Photography, Instituto Português de Fotografia, Lisboa · Project studying by the supervision of  António Júlio Duarte, Atelier de Lisboa, Lisboa
Media: Photography,  Digital Photography, Mixed media, Collage
Describe your work in 3 words: Trans - lation;  trans - action;  trans - ference
See More Work: https://www.cristinahmelo.com/
It Wasn't Mine But Now It Is - Photographic collage 70 x 50 cm
CFA: What themes does your work deal with? 
C.H.M.:  The Human Nature - life and death, movement and statics, reality versus unreality, matter and anti-matter, gravity and ascension
CFA: Describe your creative process.
C.H.M.: My starting point is daily life or rather my own wandering between the rhythms and the randomness of daily life. When the elements that shape it come to me, I feel able of interrogation and search. And in spite of isolating a body /object or a part of a body /object as the central motive of this interrogation, I'm not concerned with existential loneliness nor do I want to use mere descriptions of things or human beings. I am concerned with seeing the unseen
CFA: What influences your art? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
C.H.M.:  For sure my work has to do with Eugene Atget and also Man Ray. When I feel I want to transfigurate the image go onto Gerhard Richter, (overpainted photos)
CFA: What is art? What makes a piece of art great?
C.H.M.: Art has to come from within, from the guts.
CFA: What is the role of the artist today? 
C.H.M.:  Humans live between duality and fact. Black and white, new and old, modern and ancient, death and life, light and darkness, night and day, real and imaginary. The imaginary is great and lifts your weight...Then, everything is possible.

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This interview was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist