b'T h e A n A T o m y o f m e l A n c h o l y P A r T i : i d e n T i T yDrawings | Paintings | Small Objects *Melancholy: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.**Identity: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.I t had been 8 years since I last exhibited. The 2010 and 2011 quakes and the aftermath of a broken life living in a broken house wiped my creative drives.Although with the theatre company I partly owned in those days we did create a new show, and successfully toured it through the country, I could not bring myself to create work to exhibit. However, a couple of years ago I started playing around again with some mixed media, just quietly sitting at my dining room table and slowly an idea began to form for a new project. I thought it was good to look inside myself and look back and find ways to visualise what I saw. I have always been fascinated by trying to visualise human nature, who are we, what drives us, what moves us, and my personal experiences were more than enough to explore. Then the plan of creating a trilogy exhibition emerged. A trilogy because there was too much to tell for one show and to allow myself to create a deeper narrative in a way that the images would be more universal and existential rather than being just about me. I chose The Anatomy of Melancholy as the title of the trilogy because I feel that it best represents my work and the person I am. The parts of the trilogy are: 1: Identity (Aug 2018), 2: Dissectum ( May 2019) and 3: Lost and found (May 2020)The title of this trilogy of exhibitions is taken from a book published in 1621 in Britain by Robert Burton. Although presented as a medical textbook, the book is much more than that; it is a work of literature of its own kind, and a philosophical reflection on the state of being melancholic. Burton defines melancholy as follows: Melancholy is either in nature or in habit. In nature, it is that transitory melancholy which goes and comes upon every small occasion of sorrow, need, sickness, trouble, fear, grief, passion, or distress of the mind, any manner of care, discontent, or thought, which causes anguish, dulness, heaviness and aggravation of spirit, any ways opposite to pleasure, happiness, joy, delight, causing forwardness in us, or a dislikePart 1 is about Identity because to me it is the source of melancholy and so that is where the trilogy needs to start. It shows drawings, paintings and small objects.A persons identity is shaped by many different aspects. Culture, gender, family and friends, personal interests, hobbies, pets and surrounding environments are all factors that help shape our identity.Psychological identity relates to self-image (ones mental model of oneself), self-esteem, and individuality.There aretwo seperate sections within the exhibition: Little Sorrows and Intimacies26'