Melli Ink


Melli Ink’s work always harbours surprising perspectives. Her drawings, installations, objects and sculptures inhabit an area of tension between the verifiable and the still possible; they display reality yet are at the same time impalpable and distant. When the artist smashed hundreds of plates in her ‘Plates’ performance in 2004 and subsequently further developed this fleeting act using the media of photography and video (‘’ / ‘’), she created an enticing sequence of atmospheric and aesthetic images. The destroyed and the fragmentary thus evolved into a perfectly composed abstract drawing. Her ‘Walking over Broken Plates’ carpet revisits this motif, but, since walking on shards of glass in this case is actually a soft, pleasant experience for the feet, the logic of the image is fundamentally questioned. Ink takes a similarly playful and ambivalent attitude, both profound and enigmatic, to her carpet as a symbol of domesticity. A carpet represents warmth and a sense of cosy security, but whereas shards can symbolise felicity, festivity and fakirs, broken crockery evokes thoughts of conflict and familial tristesse.

Melli Ink (born 1972 in Innsbruck) studied theatre design at Central St. Martins College of Art in London. She worked as set-designer for theatre, film and opera. Simultaneously she experimented with performance, video and sculpture. To this day her installation work derives from her stage experience. Her drawings are the basis for her artistic concepts. Since 2002 she has been featured in solo exhibitions in London, Zurich and Berlin, and has been included in various group shows in public institutions, such as ‘Zerbrechliche Schönheit’ (Fragile Beauty), Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2008); ‘Sculpture Show’, Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); ‘Golden Agers & Silver Surfers’, Kunsthaus Baselland (2009); ‘Ganz Konkret II’ (Complete Concrete II), Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich and "Ruin of Solitude", Gasträume, Art on Public Places, Zurich (2013). 


Artist: Melli Ink
Title: Walking over Broken Plates
Material: Wool
Colors: 40 Shades of Color
Size: W 266 x L 400 cm
Edition: 3 + 1 AP