UV print, oil and acrylic on canvas, framed 171x171cm 2019
For the exhbition "Hidden Matter" at Helsinki Contemporary, Meldere studied the relationship between Henri Matisse and his model and long time muse, Lydia Delectorskaya. This functioned as one entry point to the subject of caring. Questions of how we care, what are the power structures lying behind these acts, and what are the tools in acts of caring have been central. Lydia was not just a model, but also a studio assistant and life partner until the end of Matisses’ life. Meldere draws attention to emancipation, gender equality and feminine symbols in our society. Through introducing the visual element of a scarf - a feminine accessory and symbol of social status - she addresses these matters, but also uses the symmetry of the scarf design as a tool for the composition of the painting.
Meldere’s works are combinations of printing and painting. The UV-printing is often a link to the archival material she encounters while researching. The finished work is always a carefully balanced, delicate and refined painting.
Photos: Jussi Tiainen and Helsinki Contemporary