Melanie Jayne Taylor

Melanie Jayne Taylor

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

About Melanie Jayne Taylor

Melanie Jayne Taylor's practice explores the use of photography as a site for ordering and archiving memory. She works with text components, video and installation strategies to display her extensive personal photographic archive; within these images she investigates the meanings of memory, loss, longing, absence and the complexity of time.

Her recent work concentrates on creating systems and strategies of compilation and cataloguing as a means of managing the ever growing body of material in her archive.


Melanie is an early career artist from Melbourne, Australia, based in Barcelona, Spain. She holds an Master of Fine Arts (2010) from RMIT University, Melbourne, where she is currently studying for a Diploma of Information Management.

Melanie has exhibited her work extensively in Australia and internationally. She has been awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts, Australia-Thailand Institute, Victorian Multicultural Commission and RMIT University and residencies in Australia, Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Thailand.

Melanie worked for the Storage & Digital Collection Services at State Library Victoria since 2007. She is part of the collectives Concrete Post and Eye Collective.


2017: Interweaving Archives, Archivo Comarcal del Urgell, Catalonia
2016: All The Gardens I Could Find, Blindside, Melbourne
2015: A Way With It All, The Ferry Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2013: A Way With It All, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2013: Acts of Re-ordering, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane
2013: Certain Geometry, G3 Art Space, City of Kingston, Melbourne
2011: The Room for Ordering Memory, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
2011: Cataloguing the Composite, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2011: On the Rise, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat
2011: Some Sort of Split, Summer Studio Residency, Blindside, Melbourne
2010: Viewing Room, First Site Gallery, Melbourne

2015: Concrete Post 3, Collaboration with Concrete Post, Raum 281, Bonn, Germany
2015: Stream: A Room for the Conscious Mind, Collaboration with Laura Thompson and Samuel Stewart, Fringe Festival, Melbourne
2015: Concrete Post 2, Collaboration with Concrete Post, Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT University
2015: Wrapped in Culture, Collaboration with Rushdi Anwar, Ne' na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2014: Shelf, Collaboration with Concrete Post, SITUATION symposium/exhibition, Design Hub, RMIT University
2014: Constructing Absence Part III, Collaboration with Eye Collective, Mailbox Artspace, Melbourne
2013: Summer Studio Residency, Collaboration with Eye Collective, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2012: Shared Spaces, Collaboration with Eye Collective, First Site Gallery, Melbourne
2011: Constructing Absence: Part Two, Eye Collective, KINGS ARI, Melbourne
2011: Constructing Absence: Part One, Eye Collective, Dear Patti Smith, Melbourne

2017: Excavation, Arts West, The University of Melbourne
2016: Performing Cinema, Metro Arts, Brisbane
2015: Wandering Archive, co-curated by Simone Hine & Kyle Weise, Blindside ARI, Melbourne
2014: View from the Window, co-curated Jason Mcquoid & Vivian Cooper Smith Wallflower Photo Media Gallery, Mildura
2014: View from the Window, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2014: Lens Mist Award, Kingston Arts, City of Kingston, Melbourne
2013: Wandering Archive, Scope Miami, Miami Beach
2012: Orientation, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2012: Matter and Space, Ne Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2011: (Untitled), Sardam Gallery, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan
2011: Oh the Places You Will Go, Rae and Bennett Gallery, Melbourne
2014: Master of Fine Art Graduation Show, RMIT School of Art, Gossard Project Space, Melbourne

2016: Artist in Residence (upcoming), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
2015: Artist in Residence, Werner Thoni Emerging Art Centre, Barcelona, Spain
2015: Artist in Residence, Ne’na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2014: Artist in Residency Program, Australia-Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
2014: Lens Mist Award Finalist – Highly Commended, Kingston Arts, City of Kingston
2013: Artist in Residence, 33 Officina Creativa,Toffia, Italy
2012: Artist in Residence, Seventh Gallery Summer Studio, Collaboration with Eye Collective, Melbourne
2012: Artist in Residence, Mustarinda, Hyrynsalmi, Finland
2012: Australian-Thailand Institute Funding, Department of Foreign Affairs
2012: Victorian Multicultural Commission Project Grant
2011: Art Start Grant, Australia Council of the Arts
2010: Vice Chancellor’s List Award for Masters in Fine Art,RMIT University, Melbourne
2010: RMIT Link Arts Funding