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    Melissa Nunez
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Melissa Nunez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Melissa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at New World School of the Arts. She is currently receiving her Master’s degree in Creative Photography and Museum Studies at the University of Florida in Spring 2020. She is also the fellowship recipient at the University of Florida. Recent exhibitions include Uniques Exposures, A. Smith Gallery, Austin Texas, Emerge, Station House, St. Petersburg Florida; and Exposure, Air Gallery, Manchester, England.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I capture and physically degrade my images of ruined industrial landscapes to an entropic state within its surrounding environment. The industrial structures I capture are ruins of industrial modernism. Within my works, I manually erase the images with the use of the Mordancage process to capture the ruins in both a subjective and objective approach. Mordancage is a post bleach etching process that removes the black emulsion off silver gelatin prints and producing a degraded effect. Erasing the photographs renders a thought of restoration and potential possibility within the ruined industrial landscape. The erased spaces show the grayness under the picture. The gray represents the grays of modernism: concrete, steel, and smoked glass. By erasing areas in the images with Mordancage, it is displaying the mourning of the passing of material and visionary reality to set the ruined structure in motion once more. It is restoring the potential possibility of an unrealized and emerging future.

EDUCATION
MAY 2020
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Major: Creative Photography, Certificate: Museum Studies GPA: 3.8, Graduate Student Fellowship

Fall 2016
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS UF
Major: Creative Photography, Minor: Art History, Highest Honors, Summa Cum Laude

EXHIBITIONS
2019 Unique Alternative Processes, A. Smith Gallery, Austin, TX
2019 Emerge, Station House, ST.Petersburg, FL
2019 Exposure, Air Gallery, Manchester, England
2019 The Lonely Hearts Club, 4most Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2018 Affinity to Water, 4most Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2018 Book Arts Showcase, 4most Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2018 Artistry, University Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2018 FACC Juried Arts Exhibition, University Gallery, Gainesville, FL
2016      Untitled, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL
2016      Rising Stars, New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
2015      Adobe Design and Achievement Award Finalist
2015      Rising Stars, New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
2014      Miami Dade College Student Exhibition, Miami, FL
2014      Miami Dade College Art Competition, Miami, FL

CURATED EXHIBITION
2019 LADIES OF THE EVERGLADES, SMATHERS LIBRARY, GAINESVILLE, FL
Group curated for exhibition seminar at the University of Florida
2019 WARP SPRING EXHIBITION, WARPHAUS GALLERY, GAINESVILLE, FL
2016 A PATCH OF BLUE, MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN, MIAMI, FL
Group curated for exhibition seminar at New World School of the Arts

RESIDENCIES
2017 Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL