Melissa Andrews-McGhie

My work emerges from an interest in the narratives, time, materiality, and processes involved in place-making. I find that an open approach to combining a variety of mediums allows me to explore the meanings that a place holds. I'm driven by a need to connect with nature as a domesticated human in the post- industrial landscape. Colonization, land use policy, outdoor recreation, ecology, and wilderness survival are my focus. I am inspired by traditional knowledge and scientific theory that considers humans to be a part of the Earth, and I am motivated by this inspiration to align my art with nature conservation. Collaborative efforts are  mimicry of symbiotic activity that supports a thriving ecosystem.