Melissa grew up on Long Island (pronounced Lawn-Guyland), New York in an Italian-American family where each Sunday dinner was at 3 pm with just her immediate family - 30 some-odd-people. Her large, loud family has triggered her desire to work with people and her dancing background made her very aware of the human body and its limits.
Melissa uses her background in traditional sculpture techniques, journalism, and gender studies to generate a relationship between labor intensive process, interaction, and social constructions.
She received her BFA in sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in 2009 and her MFA in Sculpture and Post-Studio Practices from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018. She has participated in residencies and exhibitions across the country including Wayfarers in Brooklyn, NY; Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, MN; Salem Art Works in Salem, NY; The Contemporary Artist Center in Troy, NY; and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO.
Melissa can be found exploring her new home in the desert, tap dancing in her studio, and training for marathons with her pup, Rufus Baby Girl.