Melissa Uroff is a California based artist and photographer. As a photographer, she works in alternative, historical and experimental processes including cyanotypes, gum printing, polaroid transfers, hand coloring and traditional darkroom techniques. She has a long love affair with mixing mediums in both 2-D and 3-D work. She often creates installations, works in printmaking, painting, drawing, electronic art, neon tube bending, collage, and assemblage. Melissa has several public art pieces on display throughout CA, which include large-scale murals along with free-standing art pieces. She currently has artwork traveling throughout China in a group show with the GoGoGallery.
Her 3-D work is comprised of neon lights, artist created sculpture(s), and found objects which are often built into installations.
Melissa’s 2-D work is a mix between her personal life and a strange dream, it is often difficult to find where reality begins and ends. Subconsciously pulling from images of her youth one will find reoccurring themes such as birds, references to music, ferns, cactus, stars, and the moon. She then ties those images into her “now” with women placed among them as a stand in for her experience. There is always a bit of weirdness and exaggeration used to tell her story.
She is currently working as an Artist in Residence with Yolo Arts, teaching art to “at-risk” youth as well as with the unhoused community throughout Yolo County. She also teaches as a Visual Arts Specialist at Peregrine School in Davis CA.
Melissa curates art and music shows throughout the greater Sacramento area which includes monthly shows at WAL Public Market Gallery.
Melissa is also the founder and editor of TUBE., a Sacramento based arts and culture print magazine created by artists and musicians.
When she is not making art, teaching, curating, or running the magazine you will find her DJing with the Vixens of Vinyl, playing her accordion, and traveling every available chance.