Melinda Young was born in England and came to Australia as a child in 1976, she has lived and worked in Sydney ever since. Melinda has a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She has participated in over 85 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1997 and in 2008 won the inaugural Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia NSW ‘Profile Award’ for an Established Artist. Her practice spans one-off exhibition pieces, bespoke commissions and a limited edition production range. The narratives evoked by objects fascinate Melinda- her exhibition works often take the form of small colour studies, each having the potential to tell a range of stories. Her surroundings provide continual inspiration and materials for her work, from found objects to architecture, the landscape and the social condition of the body. For her everything is precious, even the ephemeral - it is the story behind it - that marker of individual or shared time, place and experience that creates meaning and value.
In addition to working from the jewellers’ bench, Melinda has worked at several galleries, curated contemporary jewellery exhibitions, written about jewellery and craft practice for various publications and participated in workshops and master classes. Since 2000 she has taught jewellery at a tertiary level and at Community Colleges in Sydney as well as overseas in the United Arab Emirates.
Collect at Object Gallery, Sydney
Courtesy of the Artist, Strand Arcade, Sydney
Courtesy of the Artist, Surry Hills, NSW
gaffa Gallery, Sydney
Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, NSW
COUNTER at Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Portrait Gallery Store, Canberra
Zu Design, Adelaide
(m)art, Artisan, Brisbane
Cairns Regional Art Gallery, QLD www.oyemodern.com
i am so sorry it has taken me so long to write back after your kind words about my work. I am on a mission to see your exhibition, i hope you had an excellent opening night i am sure it would have been huge!!!!
If you are ever in Melbourne and in need of a coffee get in touch it would be lovely to meet you.
I hope the show is a big success.