OPENING EVENT: Thursday 4 May, 6:30-8:30 pm

“The Future is…” is an exhibition from emerging artist Melanie Thoren, which explores feminism through the lens of post-apocalyptic paranoia. Melanie’s works are distractingly vibrant while the imagery alludes to larger catastrophes, such as disease and man-made apocalypses. The incorporation of female identifying figures in these works explores the place and representation of feminine existence within these events. Her work also explore links to the natural world, something which is often associated with feminine existence in a maternal and mythical sense.

Melanie was inspired to make this apocalyptic work when observing imagery of war-torn Ukraine in 2022, as well as the various advancements of technology that are increasingly present, such as Tesla, Space X, and the use of AI technologies in art.

Melanie takes inspiration from artists such as Maria Lassnig and Mirka Mora, but also from vintage science fiction such as ‘Star Trek’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ and Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’, all prime examples of science fiction which struggled to find a legitimate space for feminine existence other than ‘eye candy’ or the damsel-in-distress.

Melanie strives to subvert the norms of ‘pretty’ with a darker message; what is the future?