Melanie Gritzka del Villar, born in 1982 of German-Philippine parents, has lived, worked and studied in Germany, Spain, England, Thailand, the US, and the Philippines. With a background in figurative painting, Villar has long been drawn to the use of found surfaces and mixed media processes. Her practice is shaped by an ongoing search for harmony out of disparate cultural, geographical, and environmental elements. She is particularly concerned with the state of living in an increasingly fragmented and vulnerable world. This translates into a sensibility towards cast away objects, forgotten (hi)stories and overlooked surfaces. For Villar, these act as poetic portals and holders of latent possibilities for alternative narratives.