Mellissa Fisher is a British artist based in Margate; her work explores the relationships between nature and the self. Past works have involved using casts of her own body and the bacteria that live on it to visualise the invisible world on our skin. She graduated in 2016 from the MA Art and Science course at Central Saint Martins and has since undertaken major commissions for The Eden Project and the BBC.
In 2016 Mellissa was commissioned by the BBC to create a large scale microbial sculpture which formed a central theme of the documentary “Michael Mosely verses the Superbugs”, first shown on BBC4 in May 2017. Mellissa works collaboratively with scientists and leads a range of participatory workshops and public talks exploring art and science.
Mellissa realised her curiosity and love of science while pursuing a degree in Illustration & Visual Communication at The University of Westminster. Thanks to the interdisciplinary Art and Science Broad Vision Project that started in 2010, she became particularly curious in the microscopic and microbiological world, and at present, she continues to work closely in this field.
Throughout the last 7 years, Mellissa has explored naturally–occurring fractals through studies in microscopy and microbiology in collaboration with two scientists, Professor Mark Clements and Dr. Richard Harvey. She is currently working on a new collaboration with Professor Sheena Cruickshank from the University of Manchester surrounding themes of immunology and parasites.
Mellissa’s past works looked into growing organisms in sculptures made from natural materials, she has also developed projects in mycology and fungus surrounding histories of fungal specimens. Previous works are on going and developing to focus on the theme of making the invisible world visible. Her microbiological sculptures aim to inspire thought and discussion of the body’s external ecosystems, alongside raising questions about humans relationship with nature.
Mellissa continues to research microbiology, run microbiome workshops, present her work in public talks, Illustration workshops and expanding her skills in sculpture, illustration and stop-frame/time-lapse animation.