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The Beauty of Inescapable Change: Contributions from Melissa Preston

Melissa Preston Jessell is a photo-based artist with an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons The New School of Design. She has a background in film, television and theater production, having graduated from the University of Miami, with a BS in Communication and a BA in Theater Arts.

 

As a visual artist, Melissa’s work reflects on the various qualities of time and the consistency of change.

In her photos and videos, she attempts to mark and observe moments in time through paired down elements, highlighting light and other subtle changes. Originally hailing from Richmond, VA, Preston spent 6 years living and working in Los Angeles in television, film, and photography. She has since completed her masters in New York and is currently residing in Washington, DC.

Her photo and video work details the mirroring of systems on various scales, the macro and the micro of our reality. She frames the often over-looked persistence of change as the inescapable constant.
Waiting (02_27_2015, +145 ft, 38.9064°N, 77.0833°W)
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art
Melissa Preston art

 

In her recent video work, she utilizes our orientation to the movement of the sun to describe time and the persistence of change. She places people like sundials in direct sunlight. As the subject observes the various transitions taking place externally, as well as internally, the viewer watches the subjects themselves change with the light.

 

The format, in which these videos take place – unedited and in real time – is meant to stand in stark contrast to the viral videos designed to capture one’s attention for a mere few seconds. Her video work requires a viewer to sit still, observe very subtle changes taking place, and to allow space for awareness and meditation.

 

Learn more about Melissa and see more of her work at mpresphotos.com

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