Melissa Cameron is an Australian artist with Anglo-Celtic and Canadian ancestry. Born and raised in Perth, she has lived in Melbourne and 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 / protest art. The centre of her practice is 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, which is also the main venue for the display and dissemination of her primarily 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.
Her writing appears on Art Jewelry Forum and she is the former chair of Metalsmith Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee. She has presented papers in Australia, Europe and North America, had residencies in Europe and the US and received grants in the USA and Australia.
Lives & Works
Acknowledgements & Funders
Melissa Cameron's new work for IOTA21 is supported by the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
John Curtin Gallery
JCG is one of WA's foremost public art galleries and curates the Curtin University Art Collection, located at Curtin's Bentley campus.
Curtin University, Building 200A, Kent St, Bentley WA 6102