Melina Doumy

A moon ago but better than late than never, we’d care to share a little more about @melidoums wonderful Wooosh:

With rain prevailing on the opening night, Melina Doumy’s artist talk was given inside a quite full Mini, from which she explained that she had been recently enjoying drawing without thinking about Meaning. Meaning (capital M) is the large and heavy boots people put on when they consider themselves to be more serious about walking places than other people, but that are not in fact a necessity for traversing the ground. Choosing them takes time and effort, tying the laces is a faff and frankly they’ll only get heavier as you traipse through the mud.

The ground in this drawing is formed by a gothic-y looking window into the paper, that Google tells me is called a trefoil. This is a way of starting drawings Melina has been dabbling with to ease the process of beginning – a retort to the disparaging look blank pieces of paper sometimes give you when you approach them without a plan. “Well hey paper!” – the outline cries – “you’re actually a wall with a hole in it and I don’t care about you! I’m here for the stuff out there!” Melina’s imagery often reads like folk tales from some soft, bendy and luminous other-world, and the window frame adds to this sense of peering into unknowns – sort of like the game Portal, but set in the middle ages. Through the monastic aperture we see a sleeping mandrake, nestled in a bed of scurried black pigment.

In folkloric canons, those who dare to pull a mandrake from the ground are killed, and condemned to live in hell for eternity – which we could say was an analogy for she-that-drew-it-from-the-papery-ground being condemned to go live in London for a year, as her life in Dundee comes to an end. It’s also possible that something being drawn sans-boots, bootless, ought to be looked at sans-scrutiny, scrutless, and we shouldn’t be donning Meaning at all but hopping barefoot into the A4 ether. Either way, we wish her the best of luck in the big city down below, and hope that – whether on foot, via portal, or in a good pal’s car – she comes back to the sunniest city in Scotland for a visit real soon.