Dr Melissa Mahon
Using (my) photographs and sculpture, I explore the photograph as both the object and the message. I work using photography as a tool, to examine the peripheral, the overlooked and the ordinary. Frequently I document the absent, recording what was and what might be. I am particularly interested in examining time, traces, and what is real, remembering that Nietsche claimed there were no facts, only interpretations. Why do we believe what we see, far more than we believe what we hear?
Currently, doing a practice-based PhD at Bath Spa University, my research question is ‘Real/Unreality: the depiction of the real in photography, within contemporary art’.