Melissa Ryke is a contemporary artist based between Qld, Australia and France. In what is largely an experimental and hybrid practice, she works across the mediums of video, sound, text, drawing and installation. Her practice-led research is driven by how our experiences are remade through the moving-image and sound. Particularly how on-board cameras activate the body and its movements. Chance, humour and play are key methods of production because they act an aesthetic habit in which to abandon reason. This method allows her to work expansively rather than deductively and opens the creative process to resound with site specificity and unforeseen outcomes.
Ryke’s work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at Palais des Beaux Arts (Lille, FR), Seventh Gallery (Melbourne, AU), !MetroArts and Boxcopy (Brisbane, AU).
Ryke is also one third of the artist collective Threefold with Pirrin Francis (AU) and Hayley Brandon (UK/AU). Together they use their geographical distance as a basis to investigate the processes of collaboration across physical, digital and cognitive space.