Drapery, within an art historical context, refers to classical academic paintings. To render this material effectively was a sign of technical mastery. It was also used as a visual device to conceal and reveal the body within a narrative painting. Within the context of the home, drapery can also refer to comfort, rest, and solace. Electronic media has also become our ‘space’ to offer this comfort. Devices allow us to both escape and connect. For this work, I use both devices of drapery and electronic media to negate, censor and reveal what it is to be a human in the twenty-first century.
Trained as a painter turned metal-smith, I have expanded my materials to include traditional craft media, such as precious metal, enamel, and porcelain. I am also interested in exploring do-it-yourself craft materials, such as polymer clay, flocking, and beading as a way to blur the lines between those two categories and add visual complexity to the work.
Jessica Calderwood is an image-maker and sculptor who uses a combination of traditional and industrial processes as a means to make statements about contemporary life. Her work is imbued with personal stories and vibrant color.
She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in Metalworking. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program 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.
Public Collections include: Kohler Company, Kohler, WI; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Ferro Corporation, Cleveland, OH; Kamm Foundations, Sparta, NC; Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ; National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.