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Melissa Pym is the artist from the humble “Two Feathers Gallery” that she created to display her work and tutorials online. She studied at Brighton Bay Art, Design and Photography in 1995 and Ceramic Design at Chisholm Tafe in 1998. Initially a sculptor, Mel taught herself to paint in 2012, and continues to explore other mediums as a part of her practice. Mel focuses on her mission of finding creative solutions around her many disabilities and then passing on this knowledge to the disabled community through her Youtube channel to increase access to art. She hopes this legacy will improve their quality of life and help save lives.
2002 - The Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy
2022 - Mornington Rotary Art Show
2022 - Sorrento Art Show
2021 - Linden Postcard Show
2021 - Knox Virtual Art Show
2014 - Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon
2014 - Wahalla Easter Art Show, Walhalla
2013 - Birds Gallery, Kew
2013 - The Willow Bar, Northcote
2003 - Gallery 66, Fitzroy
2003 - The Convent Gallery, Daylesford
2002 - The Kaleidoscope Cafe, Brunswick
2021 - ideas.org.au (Disability site) - Power Blog Article "Melissa Pym's continued healing through art"
2019 - ideas.org.au (Disability site) - Power Blog Article "Creative ways to heal through art"
2018 - Star Weekly Newspaper article- "Art a journey of healing"
Melissa suffers from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a heart condition and chronic "lyme-like" disease. Her artwork provides her with personal joy and fulfilment (when she is able to use her hands). It also gives her the extra support that she requires to finance a long-term recovery. She hopes that through fighting her disease she can inspire others to do the same. Melissa considers it her life’s mission to fight both for herself and others with "lyme-like" disease to raise awareness of it in Australia. Through education, awareness and early intervention, Australians can hope to avoid this devastating illness.
Government and health authorities have been reluctant to acknowledge and support victims of this growing epidemic, despite the evidence, undeniable proof and the increasing numbers of sufferers.