Melanie Hongve, born 1991, is an artist of Mauritian and Norwegian decent, currently based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, although she grew up across different countries, languages and cultures and is still moving.
In her work, Melanie shows a fascination for skin, identity and healing. Skin can be of a body, of an object, a canvas or a building. The skin tells many stories, as the inter-phase between inside and outside, in its layers and all its complexity. She explores how concepts of skin in biology, psychology and sociology can fuse metaphorically into a tactile aesthetic language of scars, marks and traces. She researches skins ability to regenerate, reconstruct and transform, as healing is a central theme in her work. She expresses concern with social stigma around feared and different skins, in an autobiographical and universal way while looking for healing opportunities.