Melody Woodnutt



Current Work

     Velvet Gloves
     Celestial Bodies
The Ship
Death Shroud for a Ship
16mm films
Tropical Gothic

Past Work (selected/partial)

The Symposium
Blind Coven
The Raven
Apathy and Wonder
Sex, Space, Intimacy
The Last Century Was About History, The Next Will Be About Belief 

Ongoing Project

The Weight of Mountains

Archived Work
2008 - 2018
(under construction) 

Sound pieces
Art Direction for film


   Artist Film Workshop


   Law and the Senses

   The Esoteric Travel Writing Research Group


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Melody Woodnutt is a descendant of the pirate Blackjack Woodnutt, and has rambled around the world before landing in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia in 2018. She spent eight of her formative artistic years living in a remote Icelandic village lusting after extreme nature.

Melody Woodnutt works primarily within the expanded field of 16mm analogue moving image film. Artworks take form as large scale immersive installations, expanded cinema, short 16mm films, or printed photographic film stills. Melody's films are often made from an alchemical feminist position as default (alongside bio-art's concept of “witches in labs”).

With a deep pull towards unknowable realms such as the sea, cosmos, or spectral worlds, alongside explorations of intimacy and poetics the consequent artworks become abstracted glimpses that make manifest an apparition of the unknown; becoming privy to the veil of a thing-in-itself. Comparable to a poem’s ability to obscure and reveal while holding myriad meanings, the same approach is taken in her work.

Her most prevalent pursuit of emotional landscapes gravitates toward love, sex, death, and the feminine gothic as found within objects, spaces, and society.  

She is currently an active member of Artist Film Workshop - an ARI and film lab for analogue small gauge film. Biennially, she is the artistic director of international film platform and residency, The Weight of Mountains, which uses film as research in-the-field to explore psycho geographies and connections between humanity and environment over temporal and geographic dis/connects.


Works have been shown with NGV/Melbourne Design Week, PICA (Oregon), Melbourne Fringe (Keynote curated by Emily Sexton and Martyn Coutts) and a variety of film festivals or venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Dublin, London, as well as across multiple locations in USA, UK, Canada, Iceland, and Morocco. Supported with grants from Arts Queensland, Youth Arts Queensland, Menningarráð Norðurlands Vestra (Iceland), Vaxtarsamnigur Norðurlands Vestra (Iceland), Rannis Innovation+Research Triennial Funding (Iceland), and Kulturkontakt Nord (Baltic/Nordic EU). Alongside positions as Director for Nes Artist Residency (Iceland); Artistic Direction and Regional Development Advisor for Thekkingarsetur Iceland (a research and development organisation under the Icelandic Ministry for Education and Culture); consultant for The Icelandic Textile Center (Iceland), Artistic Director of The Weight of Mountains (global ARI); Co-Director of Exist Live Art and Performance Art Collective (Australia); curator of the Summer We Go Public Festival (Iceland) and Site Exploratory Arts Festival (Iceland).

Melody has also worked with and spoken on panels and conferences regarding remote artist residencies.

cloak for transitions and seasonal pagan meditation, hand crafted with fibres of black lambs fleece (2016 @ The Icelandic Textile Center, model: Laura Madeline)