Friday, 29 July 2016

A New Niche For Nature (Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, 6 August - 15 October)

Opening Friday 5 August at 6pm with a live sound performance by Jobina Tinnemans

Listen to an excerpt of the music here

A Study into New Plant Kinetics V (excerpt looped - moving image edit support by Damiaan Melis)


A New Niche for Nature was commissioned by Oriel Davies the flora project. The work I have made through the commission is presented as a solo exhibition at Oriel Myrddin Gallery. When starting my research I was intrigued by the river Towy; which has been like a source of life through the history of Carmarthenshire with Carmarthen being an important harbour in Medieval times. I was interested to look into the plant life close to the river, the riparian zone, and to explore wider ecological issues linked to it. These elements were the point of departure for my new work. From an abstract point of view I explored the interface of land and water, which either originated over time by the formation of landmasses and the action of the water creating rivers (some would refer to this as “natural”) or was fairly recently manmade.

ANNFN, module III (work in process, cardboard)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Jobina Tinnemans - Sound piece for a New Niche For Nature

I am very happy to be making new work for a solo project in Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, coinciding with a commission by Oriel Davies the flora project. You can find more info related to flora here. I have asked contemporary composer Jobina Tinnemans to compose a sound piece to accompany my work for the show A New Niche For Nature. She visited me in my studio to record my voice and also natural sounds and water sounds in the neighbourhood of my studio. Please follow this link for more info.

Jobina field recording sounds

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Watch My Garden Grow (Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan, 17 Oct - 5 Dec 2015)

Hypothetical Seedpod Fossil series, 3D prints

ANHYGYRH ADFER TIRWEDD - Inaccessible Restoration of Landscape    (see also post September 2014)

Monday, 31 August 2015

Oriel Mwldan 17 October - 5 December 2015

I am delighted to present new and existing work at Oriel Mwldan in Cardigan. The exhibition will be opened on 17 October 2015 with a performance of contemporary composer Jobina Tinnemans.

Computer Screenshot Images (2015)

Friday, 22 May 2015

flora (Oriel Davies Gallery, 23 May - 9 September 2015)

In a powerful and visually stunning exhibition, work by nine contemporary artists reveal how flowers can elicit cultural, historic, geographic, social and scientific ideas

Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Anya Gallaccio, Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Anne-Mie Melis, Jacques Nimki, Yoshihiro Suda and Clare Twomey

flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council Wales

Monday, 27 April 2015

Drawing 2015 (Oriel Myrddin Gallery, 2 May - 20 June 2015)

The drawing Towards Full Bloom is part of the exhibition Drawing 2015 at Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen together with work from Anna Barratt, David Begley, Helen Booth, Kelly Best, Julia Griffiths Jones, Robert McPartland, Anne-Mie Melis, Abigail Sidebotham, Stephanie Tuckwell.
Please follow the link for more info:

Towards Full Bloom, unframed drawing, 190 cm x 150 cm, materials: pencil, pastel and correction fluid / tape on Canson Montval paper 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Residency at PDR Cardiff (April - June 2015)

I received a Research and Development award from Arts Council Wales to research 3D scanning, 3D design and 3D printing technologies at PDR, International Centre for Design and Research at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Saturday, 20 September 2014

flag trial (Les Montagnes Noir)

with Otto and Flavio 
trial date 27 08 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014

flag trial (The Graig)

project in collaboration with Fiona Cullen
trial date 20 03 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

"Underground" at Cefn Coed Colliery Museum, Neath SA10 8SN, 27 June - 31 July 2014

Condensed Colony
Site specific installation by Anne-Mie Melis in the Boiler Room at the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum for the exhibition Underground curated by Lee Williams, Colony Projects.

No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black: the pigments that flowers employ to colour their petals don’t produce the colour black. So far no true black flower has been developed artificially; the ones available on the market are a very deep purple.
Fossil organic matter providing us with fossil fuels however is pitch black. The material Melis has used to make this new work is tar, a by-product of crude oil and a substance that is a highly viscous liquid and moves so slow it takes between seven and thirteen years for a drop to fall (the Pitch Drop Experiment at the University of Queensland, Australia). The installation consists of over 800 individual black droplets that form intriguing clusters of new budding growths originating from the remnants of the industrial past.
materials: tar, hook and loop tape, recycled paper, tape; dimensions variable

Saturday, 31 May 2014

"Underground" at Cefn Coed Coal and Steam Museum, Crynant, Neath SA10 8SN

27 June - 31 July 2014

Private view: Thursday 26th June 2014

With Lee Williams, Sarah Holmes, Jacob Whittaker, Jonathan Anderson, Matthew Britton, Dave Marchant, penny d jones, Anne-Mie Melis, Kathryn Campbell-Dodd, Digital Dialogues, Sean Puleston, Thomas Carsley, Roger Lougher, Meinier Mathias, Philip Cheater and with group projects from NPTCG Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Nurturing, Prototype 2 (Duke's Wood Project, Nottingham)

31 Aug - 29 Sept 2013
curated by Ordinary Culture

Anne-Mie Melis' latest incarnation of her ongoing Nurturing series Nurturing, prototype 2, isolates small sections of the woodland floor creating 'an incongruous artificial environment'. Using methods of either covering or lighting with high intensity fluorescent lights the installations influence the growth of flora and fauna by simulating an alternative climate, reminiscent of the more extreme end of projections of climate change, where life is cast into an aphotic world of darkness or subjected to intense sunlight, which abates for only a few hours a day. Melis' work seeks to 'experiment with the idea of tending to a part of the wood by first sheltering it from direct sunlight and then providing it, at the discretion of the viewer, with artificial light for growth.' This active participation on the part of the viewer illustrates the notion that our environment is by no means immune to our actions and that our influence on the world around us, however slight or localised, has global ramifications that in turn threaten the niche within which human life exists (text credit Dukes Wood Project)

materials: fluorescent lighting, movement sensor, recycled natural wood, bitumen corrugated sheeting, one unit measures approximate 70 cm (H) x 150 cm (L) x 70 cm (W), five units in total arranged in the wood around the pond opposite the Oil Museum building in Duke's Wood, over a distance of 40 meter

photo credit Duke's Wood Project
photo credit Duke's Wood Project

Friday, 2 August 2013

Colony 13 Cardigan
10 Aug - 26 Aug 2013

Sentinel #2 (Flash Photography is Encouraged!)

materials: high visibility fabric, hook and loop tape

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Duke's Wood Project

Residency week 1 - 5 July 2013

Nurturing trial, Dukes Wood, 5 july

Monday, 18 March 2013

Fig 1: Begun in 1927 by Professor Thomas Parnell, this experiment was meant to reveal the surprising properties of an everyday material: pitch. Pitch is the name of a number of hard tar-like substances and in this case bitumen was used. Though at room temperature pitch appears to be a solid and can be shattered by a hammer, it is in fact a very high-viscosity liquid, and Professor Parnell wanted to prove it.

(University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia, ref: