Melanie planned a new documentary project with the working title “Our Sins”. This time the story was autobiographical, based on her separation with her husband.
In cooperation with Helene Knoop, one of Norway’s foremost figurative painters, she documented the creation of a painting called “The Flood” where she was the model.
In the atelier, during the three 2-3 hours painting sessions, Melanie shared her thoughts and emotions about the separation, in a free flow of association.
After the painting was complete Melanie asked an old friend their view of the divorce.
The artist Helene and the friend were sitting on a couch with the painting “The Flood” hanging on the wall in the background. Melanie was behind the camera and the dark parts of the separation process became much clearer. With the camera as a kind of witness, Melanie realized that she was not ready to share the personal issues of her divorce publicly. The shadow sides of herself were still not enough explored.
Instead she made a series of artistic short films named “Dance of Sins” and brought in Nora, a famous theater fiction figure, as main character in the stories.