Mélissa Mourez is an Ottawa-based artist living in the Gatineau region. She studied at the University of Ottawa for a Fine Arts degree with a specialization in photography and a minor in Greek and Roman studies. She has received awards and scholarships, including the Paradigm(e) Award and Louise Perry Scholarship, and has participated in an artist residency abroad. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and her paintings and photographs can be found in private collections in Canada and the United States.
“The primary concerns of my practice include paths, memory, and time. Each portfolio is a series that explores the concept of familiar spaces. I investigate these spaces through walks, traveling, and by observing one location for a given time. Capturing moments I have seen within these landscapes allows me to create a physical entity onto which my memories become attached.
Calculating time helps to focus attention on what is seen at the instant of exposure as well as the invisible moments between photographs. I use the space between images as a visual device that encourages contemplation of the missing moments that can only be filled by memory.”