Mellissa Fisher’s interests lie in the inter-relationships between illustration, sculpture, and living organisms, and revealing the microscopic world. She holds an MA in Art and Science from Central St Martins College of Art in London.
Fisher communicates the beauty of bacteria and how vital it is to our existence, to encourage viewers to visualise their own bacteria on their skin. She has created living sculptures with agar and her own bacteria to make the invisible world on our skin visible and is part of a permanent exhibition at The Eden Project, where her project “Microbial Me” has been on display since 2015.
Building on her work with Eden Project, Fisher was commissioned to create a life-size bacteria sculpture for a major BBC documentary “Michael Moseley vs. The Superbugs”, which originally aired in May 2017 and has been shown around the world. Her sculpture was the main focal point of the documentary and a visual representation of antibiotic resistance.
Fisher has explored themes around mycology, immunology, plant biology in works such as “Immortal Ground”. This installation explores the ideas of medicinal plants and fungi, nature in a concrete environment, the human body becoming intertwined with nature, and questioning our relationships with the invisible world.
Fisher’s latest works are focused on the invisible world of illnesses and an invisible illness called Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) which she was diagnosed with in May 2018. She has since worked with the leading researchers, ophthalmologists, and neurologists in the UK to create visualisations of the invisible symptoms. Fisher also works closely with IIHUK Charity as Arts and Culture representative and continues to work closely with the IIH community.