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Melissa Cameron

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Published: 08.09.2019
Melissa Cameron Melissa Cameron

Intro
Melissa Cameron is an Australian artist with Anglo-Celtic ancestry. She was born and raised in Perth and has lived in Melbourne and more recently Seattle, in the USA. She holds a BA in Interior Architecture and a Postgrad Dip. in Jewellery Production from Curtin University, and an MFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from Monash University.
Melissa creates socially aware art, which is often called protest art. Her practice is centred on her deep empathy towards the human body, and the life that each body represents. She often makes with domestic objects that are familiar to, and which act as a proxy for, the human body, and the human body is also the main venue for the display and dissemination of her mostly wearable messages.
She has exhibited worldwide, with solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan and the USA. Her works are in several public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the University of Iowa Museum of Art and Cheongju City Collection in South Korea.

Statement

My works exploit connection. By documenting select points of confluence, I explore the interconnectedness of all humanity, which includes the points at which, to our collective detriment, our connections fail.
 
While the works are the result of research, the objects that I take as my materials also influence the forms I create. I produce patterns for them, which include encoded messages within. Together the interleaved narratives, those embedded in the materials and introduced through the patterns, convey my message.

 

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2021:
Exhibition  03 Jul 2021 - 07 Aug 2021  The Perfect Brooch.
2020:
Exhibition  21 Nov 2020 - 20 Dec 2020  Full Circle.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020  Connexions.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2020 - 03 Oct 2020  Declaration of Sentiments.
Exhibition  03 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020  A/US by Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  15 Feb 2020 - 05 Apr 2020  Serious Bling: Radical Jewelry Makeover - The Artist Project.
2019:
Exhibition  28 Nov 2019 - 23 Dec 2019  The Art Jewellery Bank.
Exhibition  23 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019  The Big Dry.
Workshop  14 Sep 2019 - 15 Sep 2019  Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper with Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  11 Sep 2019 - 13 Oct 2019  Marfa, TX by Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2019 - 05 Nov 2019  MasterMakers.
Exhibition  03 May 2019 - 07 Jun 2019  What is it with earrings?!.
Exhibition  10 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019  New works by Melissa Cameron.
2018:
Exhibition  01 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018  White Christmas 2018 in Manuka.
Exhibition  14 Sep 2018 - 23 Mar 2019  Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 11 Mar 2018  In Touch.
2017:
Exhibition  18 Nov 2017 - 24 Dec 2017  White Christmas in Manuka.
Exhibition  27 Oct 2017 - 24 Dec 2017  Ring Master.
Exhibition  26 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017  Anything imagined can be worn. How to wear it!.
Exhibition  25 Aug 2017 - 17 Oct 2017  Shared Concerns at Bini Gallery.
Exhibition  16 Jun 2017 - 08 Jul 2017  Bro.och. A collection of brooches for all, including men.
Exhibition  05 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017  Shared Concerns at Bilk Gallery.
Exhibition  04 May 2017 - 29 May 2017  Wawona.
Fair  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Schmuck 2017.
2016:
Exhibition  02 Sep 2016 - 05 Feb 2017  BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis.
Exhibition  23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2016.
Exhibition  05 Aug 2016 - 02 Sep 2016  Interchange: Bilk back from Bangkok.
Workshop  16 Jul 2016 - 17 Jul 2016  Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry by Melissa Cameron.
Workshop  16 Jul 2016 - 17 Jul 2016  Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 31 Jul 2016  Shared Concerns at Velvet da Vinci.
Exhibition  31 Mar 2016 - 14 May 2016  Interchange: Bilk in Bangkok.
Exhibition  16 Mar 2016 - 16 Apr 2016  Body Politic by Melissa Cameron.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2015 - 28 Feb 2016  Heat Exchange 2 at St. Andrews Museum.
Exhibition  12 Sep 2015 - 08 Nov 2015  Heat Exchange 2 at Cardiff.
Exhibition  10 Sep 2015 - 25 Oct 2015  Angles.
Workshop  13 Jun 2015 - 14 Jun 2015  Liquid enamel for steel and copper by Melissa Cameron.
Lectures  30 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015  Artist Trust Fellowship Lecture by Melissa Cameron.
2014:
Workshop  09 Nov 2014 - 09 Nov 2014  Melissa Cameron: One Design.
Exhibition  08 Nov 2014 - 15 Jan 2015  Words and Works from a World Away.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2014 - 12 Oct 2014  Shanghai Design Week: Metalsmithing & Jewelry Art Exhibition.
Award  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award 2014.
Exhibition  30 Aug 2014 - 05 Oct 2014  Cominelli Foundation Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.
Workshop  23 Aug 2014 - 23 Aug 2014  Melissa Cameron: One design.
Exhibition  01 Aug 2014 - 30 Aug 2014  One Design by Melissa Cameron.
Exhibition  24 Apr 2014 - 24 May 2014  ONoff.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2014 - 28 May 2014  Amuleto: Joyaviva a través del Pacífico.
Workshop  25 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014  Melissa Cameron: Kiln-Fired Liquid Enamelling on Steel.
2013:
Exhibition  30 Nov 2013 - 31 Dec 2013  Exposiçao de Natal.
Workshop  28 Sep 2013 - 29 Sep 2013  Melissa Cameron: Kiln-Fired Liquid Enamelling on Steel.
Exhibition  18 Jul 2013 - 15 Aug 2013  Words & Works from a World Away.
Exhibition  17 Jul 2013 - 17 Aug 2013  Seams | Seems.
Open call  26 Jun 2013 - 01 Sep 2013  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial 2013.
Workshop  02 Mar 2013 - 03 Mar 2013  Melissa Cameron: Building Jewelry from Found Objects.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2013 - 14 Apr 2013  FERROUS: Jewelry in a New Iron Age.
2012:
Exhibition  06 Dec 2012 - 19 Dec 2012  mmmmm… wearable art/unwearable jewellery.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2012 - 30 Mar 2013  Bridge 12.
Exhibition  31 Jul 2012 - 18 Aug 2012  Once More, With Love.
Exhibition  11 Jul 2012 - 26 Aug 2012  Badges & Buttons, Waistcoats & Vests.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2012  The Year Was 2006.
Exhibition  03 May 2012 - 30 May 2012  Heat Exchange.
Exhibition  14 Apr 2012 - 06 May 2012  Melissa Cameron Jewellery.
Exhibition  28 Feb 2012 - 17 Mar 2012  Melissa Cameron: In Geometry I trust.
Exhibition  10 Feb 2012 - 24 Mar 2012  JOYAVIVA.
2011:
Exhibition  08 May 2011 - 12 Jun 2011  Preziosa Young at Legnica Jewellery Festival.
Exhibition  08 May 2011 - 12 Jun 2011  Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER.
Exhibition  25 Feb 2011 - 28 Feb 2011  Preziosa Young 2011 at Inhorgenta.
2010:
Exhibition  09 Dec 2010 - 08 Jan 2011  Melissa Cameron and Chloe Vallance: Measuring the Space Between.
2008:
Workshop  16 Sep 2008 - 19 Sep 2008  Surface in Depth. Jewelry Design with Colored Metals.
2007:
Award  06 Dec 2007 - 09 Dec 2007  New Traditional Jewellery Design Contest 2007.

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Book:  New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, NicolasPromopress:  Barcelona,  2021
Book:  Seams Seems. 2013
MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Book:  Words & Works from a World Away. McArdle:  Melbourne,  2013
Book:  Jewel Book: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art. 2012
Stichting Kunstboak, Oostkamp
Book:  Upcycling.. 2012
Narelle Yabuka ed. an\b editions, Singapore
Book:  500 Silver Jewelry Designs. Sterling Publications:  New York,  2011
Lark Crafts
Catalogue:  Love Lace. Powerhouse Publishing:  2011
Lindie Ward ed.
Book:  Art Jewelry Today 3. Schiffer Publications:  2011
Catalogue:  Cheongju International Carft Biennale 2011. 2011
Beumduk Han
Catalogue:  Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. 2011
Artisan
Book:  Wearable Art. 2010
Insite Autumn 2010, Perth p.200
Book:  Conference paper Examining the connections between architecture and jewellery. 2010
Book:  Preziosa 2010: Dialoghi/Dialogs. Le Arti OrafeLe Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2010
Book:  Preziosa 2010: Dialoghi/Dialogs. Le Arti OrafeLe Arti Orafe:  Florence,  2010
Magazine:  Contemporary Wearables 09. Dr Cassandra Fusco.  2010
Craft Arts International #79, Sydney, p.94,95
Catalogue:  Travelling Scholarship Noosa Regional Gallery. 2010
Catalogue:  Contemporary Wearables. 2009
Catalogue:  Handmade in Melbourne. 2009
Slattery Media Group, Melbourne
Catalogue:  National Contemporary Jewellery Award. 2008
Griffith Regional Art Gallery
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