Melissa works generally in bronze and produces delicate figurative works. Her bronze works have been described as ‘a social commentary on life, celebrating the lives of women past and present’. Melissa completed the Industrial Design course at Wellington Polytechnic in 1989 and began sculpting full-time in 1993. Currently she has work in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, USA, England and France.
From the artist: “I like experimenting when sculpting. New ideas and themes often evolve from conversations that I’ve had or scenes that I have observed. The naming of the works is also important to me. It gives an insight into ideas behind the work and hopefully expresses some of my personality and humour. All my sculptures are cast in bronze, but from time to time I like to push the boundaries by challenging myself to work in other mediums – painting and mixed media.”