1974, Bronx, New York, USA
Calderón’s work explores social and political landscapes, drawing upon historical and philosophical references of power, fragility, and perception. The embroidered works are rooted in history, memory, and place; exploring and critiquing issues surrounding the social and environmental effects of globalization and its impact.
Melissa has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Portland Museum of Art, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Arsenal de la Puntilla and Galeria 20/20 in Puerto Rico, among others. Her work has been included in such books as Frescos, 50 contemporary artists from Puerto Rico and Strange Material: Storytelling through Textile. A recipient of a NYC Percent for Art Commission, Para Roberto will be permanently installed in the South Bronx’s The HUB in Fall 2018. Calderón’s work is currently on view at El Museo del Barrio; a year-long installation as part of the museum’s UnoXUno commission. She was born and raised in NYC.
“Although I was born in NYC, Puerto Rico is where my heart will always be.”