Wilson Stuart Mel (b. 1986) is a British artist based in the northeast of England. He holds a degree in Contemporary Art and Critical Theory from the Goldsmith College of Arts in London. Wilson has taken part in a variety of group and solo exhibitions over the past two years.
He creates large-scale works that he projects into space; in this way, the two-dimensional nature of the work is transformed into an installation object between sculpture and drawing. The driving factors of Stuart's work come from themes such as morality and ethics, which, together with dogmatic thinking and code, give life to the reflection on how we process the world as a collectivity and as individuals.
Another fundamental aspect of his art is the relationship with words, language and the nature of communication concerning the image. The creation process is characterized by the traditional use of drawing that remains conservative in aesthetics but not in the intentions: to give life to his works, the artist uses found objects, driven by the need not to realize valuable pieces that over time would become a commodity.
This aspect is fundamental and is a direct criticism of society and the world of contemporary art characterized by transient and ephemeral fashions. Wilson's works commonly refer to the paintings of the European Renaissance, a period of history in which the art had a central status and exalted in the culture: "I examine the contradictions and paradoxes in the idea of the artist as a teacher when one of the main roles of the object of art in the world today often seems to function as a means to showcase the wealth and affirm their social status".
I Don't Like Shakespeare is an ironic self-portrait that describes the pain of being creative in producing something good for the world. With this work, Stuart demonstrates his willingness to enter the space to attract the viewer in and around the work, encouraging an unconscious language between the work and its viewer.
Text by Laura Pieri