SPRING 2019

Finally. Its slightly warm outside.

Spring’s been spent with epoxy concrete mixtures, patina samplings, and bronze casting. Sugarcanes and Baseball bats aplenty.

Ive created an Instagram for Para Roberto - @ParaRobertoBx. It will be the place where ill post about the monument from concept to completion. Like and Stay Tuned.

Below’s a sneak peek from my most recent visit to the Polich Tallix foundry in Upstate NY. No patina. No coatings. A freshly welded work in progress.

…and some sugarcanes peeking out from the side ;-)

The oversized “Abuelo” chair for Para Roberto. Made from casted baseball and stickball bats. “pinky”balls included.

The oversized “Abuelo” chair for Para Roberto. Made from casted baseball and stickball bats. “pinky”balls included.


On another note…

I am delighted to be in a group show, Hand and I, at Dorsky Curatorial in Long Island City. I have 3 works - including 2 brand new large-scale wood embroideries - fresh off my residency at Wave Hill this winter.

Orinoco, 2019. Embroidery on Wood Panel, 30” x 40”.  Inspired by the recent uprisings and political upheval of Venezuela, I embroidered the country as an oil spill running off the side of the work, relating the country’s inherent sovereignty with the corporate greed which seeks to destroy it.

Orinoco, 2019. Embroidery on Wood Panel, 30” x 40”.

Inspired by the recent uprisings and political upheval of Venezuela, I embroidered the country as an oil spill running off the side of the work, relating the country’s inherent sovereignty with the corporate greed which seeks to destroy it.

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Winter 2019

It seems that I have sewn forever. And this winter has been no different.

WINTER WORKSPACE @ WAVE HILL

This winter I am in residence at beautiful Wave Hill, creating a new body of work called Wood Wounds. A snippet about my work there:

Calderón looks forward to exploring numerous species of bare trees on Wave Hill’s grounds and in the woodlands during the winter season, sketching these vegetal forms and translating their patterns into embroidery. Wood panels serve as metaphors for “fallen men,” as well as for bruised and scarred skin, upon which she builds further layers of stitched thread.

The beginnings of Wood Wounds, 3 x 4 ft, embroidery on wood

The beginnings of Wood Wounds, 3 x 4 ft, embroidery on wood


PELEA

Also, Opening in February is Pelea - Visual Responses to Spatial Precarity at NYU. The exhibition will explore how artists are responding to displacement through their work and practice and will provide a platform for examining visual strategies among contemporary Latinx artists.

This exhibition is curated by Arlene Dávila, Professor and founder of The Latinx Project

I have reimagined and revisited a new series of work called My Underemployed Life - a nod to my previous series of embroidered works addressing the precarious and perpetual financial twilight of an artist.

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Work In Progress | Prone - My Underemployed Life, Embroidery on raw linen, 11” x 14” 2019

Work In Progress | Prone - My Underemployed Life, Embroidery on raw linen, 11” x 14” 2019

PARA ROBERTO UPDATE

I call it my “belly button” on the plaza.

But soon, there will be a large-scale fully bronze dedication to Roberto Clemente and Puerto Rico standing there. Its been a very long gestation period that is finally coming to birth. I am beyond excited, exceedingly nervous, but grateful to have my work permanently placed in the South Bronx.

My “Belly Button” - Roberto Clemente Plaza - 149th St @ 3rd Ave, BXNY, Winter 2019

My “Belly Button” - Roberto Clemente Plaza - 149th St @ 3rd Ave, BXNY, Winter 2019

SPRING 2018

Spring is finally back and thankfully there has been much to do.

I will be doing a weekly performance at Hunter College's East Harlem Gallery during its presentation of QUEENIE | Female artists selected from El Museo del Barrio's permanent collection. I was honored to have been asked to do a performance near and dear to me called Ave Maria, in dedication to those lives lost in Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane Maria.

I will be at the gallery once a week til mid June doing my performance. Check my instagram @missyfoosy for more info.

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QUEENIE:
Selected artworks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio's Collection

March 21 - June 23, 2018

New artwork commissions by Melissa Calderón, Alessandra Expósito, and Glendalys Medina.

QUEENIE features a selection of artworks by female artists across various media from the Permanent Collection of El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition highlights the institution’s collection with a particular focus on the female artists and QUEENIE takes its title from a sculpture by Alessandra Expósito. The exhibition brings together works which prompt a multifarious dialogue around society and gender through the artists’ varying perspectives and experiences. As part of the exhibition, HEHG has invited three NYC-based artists to respond to the exhibition with a new commission that further explores the connections among the collecting process, societal change, and gendered experience.


Para Roberto

One of my favorite images of all the images I have been working on. This is a material sample of what my painted stainless steel sugar cane stalks will look like as well as other images of my updated design. 

I am beyond excited for the next steps...