Jessica Calderwood: Fictitious Flora

August 5, 2016 - July 23, 2017

Wisconsin artist Jessica Calderwood blends a background in metalsmithing, and a specific interest in enameling, with a desire to investigate the social and cultural dynamics of contemporary society. Her work of the last decade—jewelry, sculpture, and wall reliefs that often combine images of plants and humans—has emphasized the construction, development, and articulation of femininity and identity.

With her installation for RAM’s Windows on Fifth Gallery, Fictitious Flora includes provocative two-and three dimensional works that reflect Calderwood’s interest in investigating gender, symbolism, and issues of aggression, peace, and social responsibility. Made of enamel, felt, polymer, vitreous china, and porcelain, her four-foot-tall figures— adorned with deftly constructed floral forms and her translation of handguns into flat images of pattern and color— address complex cultural topics, such as the relationships between the beautiful and the absurd, the powerful and the powerless, and the feminine and the masculine.

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Jessica Calderwood
Seedy Woman, 2014

Vitreous china, stainless steel, monofilament, copper, and milk paint
48 x 24 x 24 inches
Collection of John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Photography: Courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Jessica Calderwood
Bloom, 2012

Earthenware, fiberglass, enamel, copper, silk, plastic, and milk paint
36 x 24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and Tory Folliard Gallery
Photography: Jessica Calderwood

Jessica Calderwood
Reluctant Sexpot, 2014

Vitreous china, felted wool, fiberglass, and milk paint
48 x 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and Tory Folliard Gallery
Photography: Don Stolley

Jessica Calderwood
So Square, 2012

Vitreous china, fiberglass, enamel, copper, silk, plastic, milk paint, and steel
48 x 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and Tory Folliard Gallery
Photography: Jessica Calderwood

 
Jessica Calderwood: Fictitious Flora is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors - Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Andis Foundation, Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Wisconsin Public Radio