Mel McVee is a Perth born multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in the realms of community art, murals, sculpture and illustration. Mel’s interest in street art emerged through a passion in community activation projects in her local area. Her work is a celebration of what is locally beautiful and quintessentially Australian.
Western Swamp Tortoise is the name of this piece and was created by Mel with volunteers from the Ellenbrook Community in a big paint together project earlier in December 2019.
Mel uses native flora and fauna of the local area to bring the surrounding environment to the attention of those who live in the landscape. Mel’s work deals with the idea of lines and connection. Her cartographic background of creating maps for the environmental industry piqued her fascination in the way the world can be shaped in absolutes.
This artwork shows the Western Swamp Tortoise surrounded by various significant and unique flora species in the area including the Fringed Lilly, Jumping Jacks, Cowslip Orchid, Swamp Tea Tree and the Gorgeous Blue Lady.