With dirt under my nails, my heart jumps as my hand brushes against a worm in the soil. I am reminded of the world that thrives underground, unsettled by the mystery that is at my fingertips. Analogous to a scene from a natural history museum, flora and fauna take center stage to illustrate that we are always tied to migration, evolution, and metamorphosis. The surface is not a border, but an entrance to homes, nurseries, highways, and graveyards.
My photographic approach aims to create curious representations of ecosystems while referring to place and memory. In addition to a camera, I use a flatbed scanner to capture a level of detail that the camera cannot compete with, playful perspective, and an odd sense of light.
I am attracted to making work that takes time and find layering processes necessary in my artistic discovery. I approach a chosen space like an amateur biologist; observing, sketching, noting, photographing specimens and scanning the scene with a scanner. Once I have ‘collected’ the scene, I begin the process of visually telling the story of what I saw, and who (or what) may live among us, through compositing the elements together into a visual narrative.
Melinda Hurst Frye is a Seattle-based exhibiting artist, working in themes of the environment and shared experiences within the still life aesthetic. Her current work illustrates the mystery and activity of Northwest subterranean and residential Seattle ecosystems, including her front yard. Hurst Frye has been featured on Humble Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, WIRED Photo, and in various solo and group exhibitions. She was recently selected for Picturing Trails, a year-long commission with the Regional Trails System through 4Culture in King County, Washington to create imagery based on the trails in Seattle and the surrounding areas of King County. Follow along on instagram's #picturingtrails.
Melinda Hurst Frye holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a dedicated member of the Society for Photographic Education. Hurst Frye teaches photography at the Art Institute of Seattle, holds occasional workshops, and is an artist member of CORE gallery in Seattle, Washington. Melinda may be found digging holes, collecting and raising insects, while learning and making work about the biology of the northwest region.
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