Rachel Monosov – Melodica, 2017

<p>The references and events of Melodica are sourced from the painting <em>The Golden Age </em>by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Monosov leads us into ambiguous and absurd situations, in which we learn to accept and live in this constructed world. The images are beautiful and surreal, forcing the viewer to trust them and allow events to unfold; we gradually accept the strange things that are happening. While the work exposes earthly desires, it simultaneously offers a place where reality cannot enter so feelings of emptiness and melancholy rise slowly to the surface. Where the action is frozen and the meaning ambiguous, Monosov raises existential questions within a rich setting of colours. Monosov creates a beautifully detached world through aesthetics, which contains all the pain and anxiety surrounding us.</p>