By Museum of Freedom and Tolerance
Melissa Cameron is an Australian jeweller and artist with Anglo-Celtic and Canadian ancestry, born and raised in Perth.
Cameron’s work has an architectural language that is careful and calculated. In this new collection, she meshes her experiences abroad with the experience of returning home after more than a decade.
Cameron takes the discarded and bothersome detritus we look past on our streets everyday, but she treasures it. She cares for it and lovingly brings the white and black elements together on the body in protest to their division.
Left to right: A/US - Ear 01, US – Ear 01, A/US - Ear 02 (2020) by Melissa Cameron and Photo: Rob FrithMuseum of Freedom and Tolerance
Left to right: A/US - Ear 01, US – Ear 01, A/US - Ear 02
Earrings; found steel objects, vitreous enamel, stainless steel, 925 silver
“Jewellery is one of the oldest forms of artwork. The body is a canvas that we all have access to. Not everyone goes into a gallery. That inlet, I think, is very important and means that we can, on a very basic level, empathise with each other and create community with each other.” – Melissa Cameron
Melissa Cameron (2020) by Melissa CameronMuseum of Freedom and Tolerance
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"There's a sort of poetry in how jewellery is as an object. I definitely see my work as storytelling."
A/US 01 (2020) by Melissa Cameron and Photo: Rob FrithMuseum of Freedom and Tolerance
Neckpiece; found steel objects, vitreous enamel, stainless steel.
About the Connections Exhibit
Organised by Blandine Hallé and Melissa Cameron, Connexions came from a desire to share contemporary Australian jewellery with the world.
This became augmented by what Hallé and Cameron wanted to share about Australia, versus what was at the forefront of the news media at the time; namely the Christchurch Massacres, perpetrated by an Australian.
Selected for their existing contribution to this dialogue, each artist mines and interrogates their own histories for their artwork. Together, the complex, nuanced and diverse works portray Australia as a community that respects difference and honours diversity and complexity, more effectively than any single dialogue in which we might hope to engage could.
All works by Melissa Cameron for Connexions exhibition at Galerie Assemblages, 13 - 31 October 2020. All photographs by Rob Frith. Words by Laura Deakin and Melissa Cameron.
Header Image: “AUS pin & US pin” (2020) by Melissa Cameron, photographed by Rob Frith. (Pins; found steel objects, vitreous enamel, stainless steel.)
Short Films by VAM Media
Filming & Production: Brendan Hutchens
Post Production: Steven Alyian