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.
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.
MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Stichting Kunstboak, Oostkamp
Narelle Yabuka ed. an\b editions, Singapore
Lindie Ward ed.
Insite Autumn 2010, Perth p.200
Craft Arts International #79, Sydney, p.94,95
Slattery Media Group, Melbourne
Griffith Regional Art Gallery
Kim NogueiraSaint John, United States
Karin van PaassenHook of Holland, Netherlands
Lorena LazardMexico City, Mexico
Sílvia Serra AlbaladejoBarcelona, Spain
Fumiko GotôBasel, Switzerland
Maria KiialainenBerlin, Germany
Lydia HirteDresden, Germany
Jieyi SunLoughborough, United Kingdom
Helen Clara HemsleyCopenhagen, Denmark
Letizia MaggioFontanafredda, Italy
Vania RuizViña del Mar, Chile
Julie DecubberAllex, France
Katia RabeyMoscow, Russian Federation
Haldis ScheicherVienna, Austria
Jolanta GazdaWarsaw, Poland