Small Worlds (2012 – 2013)


Melanie Ezra “Speak,Memory” 2012 [2.5″ x 2.5″ paper collage]

“Most people feel that the world looks like a photograph. I’ve always assumed that the photograph is nearly right, but that little bit by which it misses makes it miss by a mile. This is what I grope at.” -David Hockney

Small Worlds considers how the photograph fails to see truthfully but, more importantly, how we fail in our memories of this so called truth. We remember aspects of an event as pieces which we build in our minds to create a vision which can be remembered but which is not always accurate. The memory forms like a jigsaw and is pieced together from fragments which do not always fit comfortably.

Each Small World is based on one of the artist’s own source photographs. She cuts up these photographs and rebuilds them piece by tiny piece to create layers of something new. By working with her own imagery the artist questions the legitimacy in her memory of an original experience. Each collage is flawed and unreliable in relating the image upon which it is based; it narrates differing qualities and interpretations on what can be considered the truth.

“When we tell stories we add to them to spin a better yarn. Similarly we miss out events which do not sit right. This editing of the truth gives a better story and one worth remembering and sharing. I do the same with my pictures, just very slowly, and with a lot of glue and patience!”

To date there are 108 pieces in this collection ranging in size from 2″ x 2″ to 16″ x 16”. This collection has been shown in the UK in 2012 and in Brazil and USA 2013.

The whole collection can be viewed in detail on Pinterest and on Flickr.

Small Worlds was shown for the last time as a complete collection February 2014 at Gallery 3, Shrewsbury, UK.


Melanie Ezra “What Lies Between” 2012 4″ x 4″ paper collage


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