Miniature Portraits by Melanie Bilenker
Delicate pendants and brooches depicting ordinary moments of everyday life—bathing, making lunch, washing dishes—with drawings made from resin, gold, silver, and the artist’s own hair.
The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.