Primarily a jeweler, Melissa Stannard is a Sunshine based Yuwaalaraay, Gamillaraay and Koama woman. An important part of her cultural heritage is storytelling and poetic healing through connecting to and caring for country, and the Indigenous practices of Winangali and Dadirri. Working across a range of disciplines and mediums, her practice explores lived experience, identity, belonging, intergenerational trauma, survival and healing. She enjoys working with materials that have had a previous life and have now been abandoned, overlooked or discarded.
Melissa Stannard, Notions of Home - Survival Medals. 2020. copper, sterling silver, vintage picture hooks, bullet casing and army button. Artwork Courtesy: Melissa Stannard.