Jessica Calderwood is an image-maker and sculptor that works in obscure craft media. Trained as a metalsmith and enamelist, her objects and images make statements about contemporary life. Calderwood's most recent work uses forms such as drapery and stylized botanicals to clock out, cover, and hide parts of the human form. These compositions become a negation, a censoring or denial of what lies beneath. The anthropomorphic beings appear at once powerful and powerless, beautiful and absurd, inflated, and amputated.
This miniature scale work depicts four pairs of sock adorned legs. The presumed figures stand facing apart in a tight circle as a dark swath of material obscures their features above the knee. The sculpture stands 10 inches high by 15 inches wide and is a combination of copper, porcelain, enamel, milk paint, and powder-coating. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included.
Calderwood is interested in using traditional craft media, both for their creative properties, as well as their historical references to “marginal art forms”. Over time, these smaller works became the focus, by creating an intimacy that is only discovered through the miniature scale.
Since receiving her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has participated in artists' residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Ferro Corporation, and the Mesa Arts Center. Her work has also been published in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, NICHE, Ornament, the Lark 500 series, and the Art of Enameling. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University.