Currently living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Melissa's recent research dwells in the intersections between wellness practice and social sculpture. Currently studying a Master in Creative Industries (University of Newcastle, NSW) and in addition to qualifications in art and arts management, Melissa is a certified mindfulness meditation practitioner and also a qualified wellness practitioner through RMIT University, Melbourne (au). Drawing from a vast background as an electronic and experimental artist, Melissa uses whatever medium suits at the time. This includes directing festivals, sound art, video, digital photography, performance, text and writing, drawing, installation, textile art, strategy as art, and making spaces for herself and others to be creative.
Melissa's continued approach to technologies, within a creative context, is lo-fi experimentation. Having worked in video/sound/installation/text/performance/writing/social_media/curatorship/zines/photography/festivals/residencies/the birth of the internet and as a key member of the Wagga Space Program (2004–2007) working on (co)presenting Unsound Festival, she was co director and residency curator with Electrofringe in 2008.
From 2005–2007, Melissa formed 80% Water Collective, connecting regional and urban based artists in a range of projects including Swan lake on Ice Underwater performed on a house boat on the Hawkesbury River as part of the Drowning Man Festival presented by Dual Plover and Curatorium as part of Next Wave, Melbourne (2006). Melissa curated Notes From the Underground an experimental screen program at Federation Square in Melbourne from 2009–2011. During 2011 she lived in Ubud, Bali and was International Program Director with the Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival working with an international team and program. In 2014 her video work Slapstick formed part of RMIT University’s program within White Night Melbourne and was also shown at Top Shelf Gallery. During that time Melissa published St Kilda Stories as part of Strip Fest and curated and performed as part of Paper Dolls at D11 Space in Docklands.
Melissa continues to work on other projects, including the Silence, Awareness, Existence art residency at Arteles in Finland (2019); Online Performance Arts Festival (2018); Sri Lanka in Hanoi Cultural Festival (2018); Wintercearig Project, HCMC (2018); Festival of Live Art, Melbourne (2016); White Night Melb (2014); Paperdolls D11 (2014; Elsewhere, RedRock (2015); Speak Easy Critical Animals, Newcastle (2014); Upstairs at the Napier & Top Shelf (2013); International Program Director Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (2011); unsound Festival (2004 - 2006); re:generate youth arts festival (2004 - 2005); Co director & Curator with Electrofringe (2008); Next Wave Festival, Melb (2006 & 2008); Seven Thousand Oaks Festival, Melb (2010); curating an experimental screen program at Federation Square in Melbourne (2009 - 2010); Wagga Art Gallery Advisory Committee (2005 - 2007), Eastern Riverina Arts Board (2003), Emerging Writers' Festival Board (2007), Wagga Space Program (2004 - 2007); conducting workshops including digital media, zine making, leadership, filmmaking, and writing; participating in residency programs including Mutable Landscapes (2004) and Milparinka Residency (2007) and various cross media projects.