Melanie Willhide's series To Adrian Rodriguez, With Love is dedicated to the man who burglarized her home in spring of 2010, stealing her computer and back-up. Remarkably, police recovered the computer, but upon its return Willhide learned the thief had erased her hard drive. When she recovered the lost data, the retrieved files were corrupted and the images distorted. Inspired by the visual changes, Willhide began to treat pixels like paint and embraced the idea of distortion, creating new work in which imagery is sliced and spliced, enhanced and destroyed to play with ideas of photographic authenticity.
Born in in Manchester, Connecticut in 1975, Willhide has an MFA in Photography from Yale University and has exhibited throughout the United States for nearly two decades. Her work has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe.
Willhide lives and works in Los Angeles.
To Adrian Rodriguez,
Text by Jason Labbe