Melissa Smith's prints reference the landscape, in particular its shifting state as a consequence of climatic changes. She employs multiple printmaking techniques to create a layering of image and meaning to her works. Many are perforated by the artist's hand referencing possible journeys, fields of memory or the more tangible imprints of experience.
With an MA in Cultural Heritage, Melissa has exhibited widely in Australia and has been a finalist in a number of major exhibition prizes including the Alice Prize, Hutchins Art Prize, Burnie Print Prize, Sunshine Coast Art Prize and the Banyule Works on Paper Art Award. Her prints have also been recently acquired from the Fremantle Print Award and the Silkcut Print Award.
Her work is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Print Council of Australia, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery and the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Her works are also held in private collections in Australia, Europe and America.