Self Portrait on 8mm film. 2010, Spain. "Dark Horse"
Born in the Philippines, lives and works in Australia.
Melissa Ramos works with time base mediums, in particular the intrinsic nature of time and movement. Ramos explores stories that confound reality with fiction with an aim to convey a poetic narrative experience.
Melissa has globally collaborated extensively with artists, choreographers, musicians, and performers.
She believes the riddle of art is that we do not know what it is until it is no longer a fact, which it was furthermore art is defined by what it leaves and what it is not, that it does or cannot do. Her art practice is defined by what it tells to achieve and her exquisite execution.
Melissa's ultimate inspiration is to challenge new modes of video art and become an ambassador for the category in Australia, focussing on inspiring others to explore the boundless manifestations of the moving image.
Since graduating from University of Western Sydney Fine Arts & Electronic Arts in 2004, Melissa has exhibited extensively including a recent solo show at her country of birth, Manila, Philippines. GreenPapayaArtProjects.
She recently presented work at ISEA 2012, USA (2012) the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2012) Copenhagen, Denmark, House of Dance Denmark. (2012), Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines (2011). Berlin Asian Film Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2011) Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. (2010)
2019 - Founder & curator of Dance Cinema
2015 - Assistant Director & Producer - Music Video - Susanne - Sarah Belkner (featuring Eileen Kramer)
2016 - Artist in Residence in Copenhagen, Denmark May-June 2016. To assist Dancer Carolina Backman in completing the post production on 'My Body is Every Body'.
“I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember, we rewrite memory, much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst?”