Melissa Palermo is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. She utilizes programming, digital illustration and video to explore the relationship between art, technology, and social justice. Melissa is currently a Master of Design student at Concordia University (Montreal, QC), and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON). While attending Ryerson University, her involvement in student activism and community organizing became the primary influence for her work.
Her artworks use generative programming and data visualization to make connections between personal experiences and broad societal issues. She investigates how historical social movements inform present-day activism, and approaches these questions from an intersectional, feminist framework.
Melissa aspires to use art and design as a tool for revealing dominant systems in a way that makes conversations around social change more accessible. She is passionate about bringing together research and technology to visualize systems of power and encourage viewers to examine things they might not have considered about their relationship to these systems.