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Melissa A. Calderon

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Sin Hijo [without a son/without children], 2010 – C-Print, 12 x 16
Linger, 2009 - performance/installation
‘Round the way, Girl [Cultural Osmosis for the Native Gringa], 2009 – foam, enamel paint and gold leaf. – 6.2’ in diameter
Permanence of Pain 1100, 2009 - steel, silver tissue box, cried on tissues
[Untitled] Story of the Block – Bronx Girl #1, 2010 – watercolor on paper, ink on Mylar. 11” x 17”.
Melissa A.
Artist's Statement

I would consider myself a bricoleur of texture & medium; jumping from soft, ephemeral tissues to gilded, resin roosters. I enjoy working in different ways & consider it vital to how I can create a cohesive vision. Using installation, photography, sculpture & video, the foundation of my work remains rooted in exploring the gap of disconnection from traditional roles; whether they are gender or culturally based.

Being a Latina artist holds countless cultural connotations that go toe to toe with societal pressures and gendered roles - mother, provider and creator. The work addresses issues of vulnerability, determination and the obsessive thought process of art-making. Working with ephemeral materials such as birch branches, hair, & sculpted tissues, I examine the indeterminacy & potentiality of the artists’ “road less traveled”; from change through the process of becoming.


NALAC Fund for the Arts Award
Urban Artist Initiative fellowship

Osmosis / Taller Boricua Gallery, New York, NY
untitled solo show - Buzzer 30, Astoria, NY

Linger / Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Recuerdos @ BBBP / Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, Bronx, NY

Hair Tactics / Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Rompe Puesto / Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

PS: Parsing Spirituality / Affirmation Arts, New York, NY
Stranger than Fiction / Synthetic Zero, Bronx, NY
2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial / Portland, ME
Living and Dreaming:AIM 29 / Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

Espada de Dos Filos (Double Edged Sword) Arte Americas, Fresno, California

Art Agora, Instituto Cervantes / El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
The (S) Files - El Museo’s Bienal / El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY