MA Fine Art Painting – Camberwell College of Arts, 2021
Melitta Nemeth’s practice explores the female gaze in painting.While reinventing the depiction of woman from a female perspective she investigates the ideas of beauty, power, body-positivity, otherness and displacement.
Her work is concerned with changing the perception of the female body by representing it as a place of joy, memory, experience and personal stories. She investigates how women look at women and what the male gaze cannot see.
“My memories of growing up in the conservative, patriarchal world of the Eastern Block feed into my work. I have always seen women as pillars of strength in society.”
Nemeth’s paintings reveal the absurdity, joy, melancholy, lightness and darkness within this unique female experience. She creates dream-like places inhabited by imaginary women and girls. These fluid fictional spaces enable the artist to convey suggestions for narratives, stories, messages. Ambiguity opens up the work for the viewers to feel and thinkand create their own interpretation.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” (Edgar Degas)
Awards and residencies:
"Each of my pieces I show with Made in Arts London were inspired by early twentieth century photographs from an online Hungarian photo archive. When I look at the female figures in those photos, I feel that I connect with my heritage."