Ashes to Gold

Melanie Alves

    • Approx. 12 X 29 X 8 inches
    • © 2015
    • Mixed Media: Toy Soldiers, Paint, Cotton Blanket
    • Free-Standing Sculpture
  • "Toy soldiers assemblage inspired on a photo of a baby being rescued on a Syrian air strike, January 2014. We are all just numbers, statistics. How many human life's need to be taken for others profits and wealth."

    Modern Eden Gallery presents Golden, an art show inspired by gold and featuring works that go beyond the mere material application to embody the cultural and historical implications of what is ‘golden’.

    Throughout history—from the gilded palaces and monuments of the ancient world to the golden Baroque-style halls of Versailles—gold has been used to symbolize power, wealth, and prosperity. The lust for gold has inspired centuries of westward migration in search of lost cities of gold, roads paved with gold, and river valleys full of gold. Artists and craftsmen have used gold for thousands of years to engender status and to decorate gods and noblemen alike. Today in popular culture, gold is still a symbol used to represent the fabulous and fancy.

  • Melanie Pereira Alves is a visual artist living in San Francisco, Ca.

    Alves was born in december 1983 San Jose, California (USA) but raised in Portugal.

    On her recent work - Urban Jungle - Alves focuses on current social and cultural issues, such as gun violence and culture of fear. She addresses how society is losing its core human values by focusing on power, greed, the individual and deception. She translates this loss into the powerful imagery of the toy gun (the “playful” or distorted appropriation of an object of violence) as a thing of beauty and pride in the form of taxidermy. Society’s trophy to itself: a reminder of its greatness. Alves work continuously, talks about paradoxes between hunter and prey, power and powerless, violence and protection, toy and weapon. Alves has also been painting “animal masks” where she explores the relation between animal instinct and our deepest inner self, viewed per the artist as our essence.even though the art of francis bacon will always be what ignited her artistic pursuit, Alves has been mainly influenced by the interaction of installation art, the motion of vídeo art and the marginality of street art. Some of her favorite artists are Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Mathew Barney, Bill Viola and Banksy. Since moving, on October 2011, from London UK, Melanie Alves decided to focus entirely on her art, participating in various shows around town, including wonderland sf, 111 Minna Gallery, Spoke Art and Modern Eden.

  • This piece will be on exhibit through June 6, 2015 and will be shipped within a week of the exhibition closing date. Shipping costs will be invoiced separately at the time of shipment for this piece. If you would like to arrange a gallery pickup, just add a note when checking out and we will contact you to schedule a time.

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