Melissa Spiccia (b.1977, Australia) is based in London and works across the mediums of photography and poetry.
Originally trained as a dancer in Australia. In 1995 Melissa was granted a scholarship to the Academy Princess Grace in Monaco before starting a career as a soloist ballerina in Germany with the Chemnitz Ballet. In 2006 Melissa graduated with a first class (hons) degree at the Trinity Laban Centre in London and after completion worked as a contemporary dance artist until 2015.
Melissa then began to shift her interest into photography and in 2016 Melissa won the Life Framer Photography Prize in the Human Body category. The work went on to be exhibited in New York, Tokyo and Rome in 2017. Her photography has been featured in group exhibitions, in print and shortlisted for several awards including in 2018 a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize by Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
More recently Melissa has begun to incorporate poetry into her practice. Both her poems and photographs are rooted in the explorations of the body and its dynamic interplay with the inner and outer world. Each piece tells a different story, fragments of an experience, feeling or memory as Melissa attempts to reach into the unconscious, seeking to reveal something of the anima of the subject being portrayed.