Melonie Mulkey's photographs are investigations of lived histories in the built environment. Inspired by a combination of memories, testimonies, and material artifacts, she constructs detailed diorama sets that reinterpret the stories related to a particular site. By intertwining recollections of the past and present into invented scenes, her work explores the collective experience and the subjectivity of memory. Through the transformation of photography she seeks to illuminate a portal into the imagination.
Mulkey (b. 1984 in Mesa, AZ) is currently a second year MFA candidate and Instructor of Record in Photography at the University of Notre Dame. She lives and works in Indiana with her husband, artist Angelo Ray Martinez.