Victoria Melody, Anthropologist Performance Artist
VICTORIA MELODY is an award-winning performance artist who creates work with an anthropological interest in Britain’s subcultures. Her methods include her immersing herself in the world she wants to document – a practice which has seen Victoria become a pigeon racer, northern soul dancer, championship dog handler, beauty queen and a police officer. Victoria describes this practice as becoming ” an active participant and a physical embodiment” of her subjects “in order to take part in their rituals as research for my work.”
Her latest show, Ugly Chief, sees her collaborate and perform with her father (TV Antiques Dealer Mike Melody) in a show about death and the funeral industry – for which Victoria trained as a funeral director. We talked to her about her approach to her work and the insights this alternative perspective gave her.