Barbie goes Grocery shopping in ENY Brooklyn 2022.JPG

Melissa is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, installation and social engagement. Through a hybrid of mediums, her practice is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of African and Caribbean diasporas within contemporary media.

 

Today, she expands upon an immersive body of work that evokes the fragility and diversity within the black community. The project celebrates the lost, the forgotten and highlights the people who are dedicated to being change agents within the diaspora. Melissa’s work has been exhibited at The Biggs Museum of American Art, The Ely Center of Contemporary Art, Yale University and supported by residencies including The Chrysalis Institute for Emerging Artists, ArtCrawl Harlem, and DAWA. She is currently a recipient of the Zea Mays Printmaking mentorship program. Melissa's practice has been written about in several publications, including Forbes, Essence, and Refinery 29. She currently is an MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and splits her time between Brooklyn & Baltimore.