Melanie Wilhide
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Shallow Breath Thinking of You, from the series Sleeping Beauties, 2007
Melanie Willhide (born 1975, Santa Rosa, CA; lives Los Angeles, CA)

Todd Hido: “I love that she’s revealing something, but also keeping it sort of hidden as well.”

For the project Sleeping Beauties, Melanie Willhide creates complete fictions: contemporary photographs are aged to look like early to mid-twentieth century boudoir photographs and are paired with antiqued reverse sides, annotated in bleeding cursive ballpoint. Collaged together and with the reverse side on top, close looking is rewarded as the portrait subject is slowly discerned. The works in Sleeping Beauties hint at the melancholy of remembered pleasures and known fates.

- Danielle Meeker