Melissa Godoy Nieto is a multidisciplinary artist exploring drawing and painting as primary practices to develop installation, performance, video and animation. Her work investigates various themes involving dreams and the subconscious through depictions of environments, human figures, symbols, and underwater nature.

Melissa’s work often involves collaborating with visual artists, musicians, dancers, and nature, as references and/or taking part in the experience.

In Senegal, she joined a group of drummers in Guet Ndar to learn about Sabar --the traditional drumming and dancing of Wolof people, and she made a series of drawings led by dancers’ moves. Isolated in a house in Fire Island, she followed Monarch butterflies as they passed through the National Park while migrating to create drawings on their movement patterns. For her Dream Journals Series, she collected over 500 notes of people’s dreams and nightmares at Spring Break Art Fair, she made as many drawings as she could in 5 days. In her collaborative project, Band Practice (w/ Clara Claus,) she creates an art installation through consecutive days of live-drawing, and concludes the performance with a musician's contribution. In her most recent drawing series, she interrogates the effects of climate change through focusing on the decay of the coral reef ecosystem in the Mesoamerican Reef.

Her work has been exhibited and performed in venues as Spring/Break Art Show NYC, BAM Art Auction, Salon ACME Mexico City, BRIC House NYC, Knockdown Center NYC, Pictoplasma Berlin Germany, The NARS Foundation NYC, MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey Mexico, Espronceda Center for Art and Culture Barcelona, and Musée Régional d'art Contemporain Sérignan, France.

Melissa holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, NY.



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