For nearly two decades, Melanie Willhide has challenged conventional notions of the photograph by blending analog and digital formats. Whether treating pixels like paint to emulate the choreography of a corrupted file, or creating artificial artifacts that play with the idea of photographic authenticity, or producing hallucinatory digital collages to conjure a history of envisaging women, Willhide's projects each claim that photographs can be absurd proxies for the real thing. Melanie Willhide's images explore the psychological and symbolic to achieve an effect almost supernatural.
Born in Connecticut in 1975, Willhide has an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She 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, Blind Spot, Art in America and Modern Painters.
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Text by Jason Labbe