Melanie Barnett is an MFA student at NSCAD University in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. Originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Grandview, MB, Barnett completed her BFA Honours in Ceramics at Brandon University (2021). Barnett’s current work draws upon themes of mycology and climate science to speculate upon a future where through genetic mutations, chance, and innovation, future “humans” have developed an intricate symbiosis with a number of species of fungus, moss, and algae.
Melanie’s work has been included in several national and international publications, including Art MAZE Magazine (London, England), Art&Type Magazine (New York), and ArtsinSquare Magazine (Toronto). Barnett was an Artist in Residence at Medalta Potteries (Medicine Hat, AB) in 2022, and has exhibited work across Canada.
Barnett has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards, most notably the Elizabeth Greenshield’s Foundation Grant (2022) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Graduate Scholarship-Masters (2023).