Melissa Murillo Makes Whimsical, Creature-Filled Dreamscapes

Based in Berlin, we first found out about Melissa Murillo on MySpace. Her drawings make it quite obvious that Murillo is an absolute stickler for details, and that lack of color doesn’t take anything away from her images. The drawing above is a world in itself, and although the size makes it different to see all the details, birds, vines, eyes, totems, flowers, and creatures of all kinds are pouring out of the amorphous mass. Growing up in a family with a violent father, Murillo took solace in worlds of fantasy and dreams, and her inventive multi-layered drawings make that seem relationship come to life.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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sara
sara
12 years ago

amazing !!
brava

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