An Auckland based performance and installation artist, Melissa Durbin, graduated from the Art and Design Honours program at AUT in 2005.
Her current series of work explores the many faces of the moon and its importance as a reflector. Film, TV footage, folklore and performance are blended together to capture a fragmented portrait of our moon and a reflection on humanities past, present and future. The moon has always been an object of desire, fantasy and fiction throughout history. It has inspired countless movies, stories and rituals and is a fascinating site for speculation and exploration in the scientific world.
The moon has also become a trophy for governments to demonstrate their power and prowess to the world. Each story told and goal set towards the moon seizes our imaginations while simultaneously revealing more about us than we may be willing to admit about our fears, ambitions, beliefs, values and desires. The moon has and continues to divine the hearts of humanity, a mirror of humankind.