The complex relationship between language and power is a recurring theme in Nathaniel Mellors' multi-faceted work, typically manifesting itself in absurdist, humorous narratives that reveal a penchant for satire and the grotesque.
Mellors makes film and video, sculpture, painting, mechanized (animatronic) sculpture and music. Script-writing underpins a lot of Mellors visual work as he explores different approaches to the development of his original texts in a variety of media. Parodying the formats and structures through which information is popularly conveyed – such as the television drama, political broadcast, critical analysis or avant-garde plays - Mellors sets up theatrical frameworks to test the line between meaningful content and incomprehensibility. At the core of his practice lies a fascination with the relationship between word and effect.
Nathaniel Mellors is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture & Design. He is also an adviser at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.