Her surroundings provide continual inspiration and materials for her work, from the things she finds on the ground to architecture, the landscape and the social condition of the body.
She enjoys making work that responds to a theme or purpose, as it pushes her work to unexpected and exciting places.
Her exhibition works often take the form of small colour studies, each having the potential to tell a range of stories.
Much of her production work is characterised by a graphic flatness.
Her acrylic pendants are influenced by or sampled from traditional patterns and motifs from wallpapers, textiles and architectural details observed and sketched whilst travelling overseas.
Her addictive acrylic rings are inspired by a pure love of colour and shape. Designed to be worn stacked – the wearer is given the opportunity to create their own display of colour and pattern on the hand.
The 'Solid' range of work is a tongue in cheek celebration of faux finishes. It plays with the idea of 'solid' stone and 'solid' wood. The jewellery may look heavy, but due to the materials it is made from, it is extremely light and easy to wear.
Melinda Young has participated in over 100 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1997 and her work has been featured in several publications.
Her practice spans one-off exhibition pieces, bespoke commissions and a limited edition production range, which is sold through selected outlets around Australia.