Melissa Schriek is a Dutch photographer who uses the visual power of the body and its gestures to make it an integral part of the environment in which it is located. The ethereal figures seem to float freely within the spaces that they themselves mark with their extraneous and at the same time indispensable presence.
“The body seems to be a contradiction in itself; it’s personal but it is also political: I’m fascinated by those contradictions: they are dramatic but also humorous; there is loneliness and togetherness, and you see private and public at the same time.”
Human relations become part of a global design, where the body is used as an instrument of physical and emotional connection. The artist stated that her research immediately revealed itself as a spontaneous need:
“Fin da giovane sono stata affascinata dal mio corpo. Il modo in cui può assumere forme, come lo posso scolpire e come può muoversi. È il motivo per cui ballavo quando ero più piccola e mi ci è voluto un po’ di tempo per capire che potevo mescolare questo interesse con il mio interesse per la fotografia, unendo le discipline”.
Using her experience with dancing and her artistic sensibility, Melissa Schriek has managed to give voice to the image that for her represents the purest essence of the body.
Take a look at her website here.