Melancholy Maaret is a female artist.
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Melancholy Maaret/Maaret de la Foret is a Finnish and French-American text, sound, video, installation and visual artist, writer, and composer. She is the founder and artistic director of the sound, performance, and research project, Secret Sauna Sirens.

Her work is often thematically influenced by Finnish folklore, feminism, neuroscience, the ersatz eroticism of the male gaze in canonical art and classical art theory, and by the works of Gilles Deleuze, Edouard Glissant, David Markson, Andrei Tarkovsky, Rene Char, Audre Lorde, and Simone Weil.

Classically trained in theatre, movement, and voice, she has a five octave range. Many of her sound compositions are installed with video or multi-exposed video stills, often shot under textured glass, steam, or water, then hand-painted and scratched.

Her work has been described as “ethereal”, “haunting and sensuous”, “otherworldly”, “Bjork meets a young Isabelle Adjani”, “esoteric and literary”, “a millennial Meredith Monk with a computer”, and “hermetically melancholy”.

She has three audio compositions in the permanent archives of the International Streaming Festival for Audio Visual Art, the Hague. She contributed vocals and narration for Istvan Horkay’s film on the life of Raoul Wallenberg, which premiered at the Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest, 2014.

In 2014, she released a collection of live audio compositions and sound art installations, as well as a collaborative installation with the artist Roland Quelven, which premiered at FIVA, the Festival International of Videoart in Argentina. Subsequent screenings include Video Raymi International Festival in Peru, Galeria Texu in Spain, and the Fantadia Festival Internazionale di Multivisione in Italy.

Other collaborations include the sound, text, and voice for a series of video installations with the renowned digital-collagist Istvan Horkay, and the narration for the film adaptation of writer Susana Medina’s novel Philosophical Toys, which premiered at the Freud Museum in London.

(via Artslant)