Melanie Ubaldo 

melanieherself [at] 



Text serves as a major conceptual foundation in my oeuvre. People say something to me and it becomes text. It was the most serendipitous happenstance when a friend shouted in my direction whilst talking to someone else that apparently I was “more Asian” than her. This moment proved consequential in shaping the kind of work that I make to this day. My works thrive on the use of these serendipitous statements addressed to me by people in their gruff, idiosyncratic, unapologetic, unabashed crudeness. Through these works I’m monumentally throwing shade albeit with attempts at being bilingual in both irony and sincerity. 





GRJÓN, 2015 

oil, oil stick, ink, acrylic, dust, soil on canvas, 4,8 x 3,85 m