Melodica installed at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium. January 2017
Melodica installed at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium. 2017
Still from Melodica (2017)
MELODICA, 2017. 2K, 27:29
In Melodica, we perceive a closed world where beauty, architecture and geometry are given equal status to murder, love and philosophical thought. Like the concepts of Oscar Wilde’s portrait story of Dorian Gray, where beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only worthy pursuits of the protagonist, the film’s aesthetics are composed and imbued by painting. The references and events of Melodica are sourced from the painting The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Monosov leads us into ambiguous and absurd situations, in which we learn to accept and live in this constructed world. The images are beautiful and surreal, forcing the viewer to trust them and allow events to unfold; we gradually accept the strange things that are happening. While the work exposes earthly desires, it simultaneously offers a place where reality cannot enter so feelings of emptiness and melancholy rise slowly to the surface.
Where the action is frozen and the meaning ambiguous, Monosov raises existential questions within a rich setting of colours with characters under complete control of the artist. She opens a place for the self to feel, rather than be afraid of, beauty. Precisely because of the contemporary chaos we live in, the artist creates a beautifully detached world through aesthetics, which contains all the pain and anxiety surrounding us.