Daria Melnikova

EX-UVIA / flat version

Aluminum tubes, chains, print on textured paper, sun-dried palm tree leaves, braids, mirrors, silicon, plexiglass box, 60 x 85 x 18 cm each


Details: Aluminum tubes, chains, connection rings, print on textured paper, sun-dried palm tree leaves, braids, mirror

- in search of a ‘happy place’-

There is no physical space I can call “home”, just an emotional bonding that chains me to somebody or something. A fragile image of an unfinished house is like a shell with a tendency to turn into a fossil over the time, highlighting the story that has certain beginning and an upredictable end.

Exuvia, from the Latin word “exuviae”, is a biological term regarding that which is stripped of a body, cast-off skin or covering of various organisms. Although the process of shedding refers to the animal world, I relate these brittle formations and relics to ghost houses devoided of their keeper and comfort maker – a woman. Leaving her exuvia She goes out in search of a better feeling, while the notion of cosiness and comfort in her housing becomes meaningless during her absence.


shown at Tallin Photomonth art fair, Konstanet booth, 29.09. - 01.10.2017, Tallinn


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