Jessica Calderwood: Ficticious Flora
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 decadeâ€”jewelry, sculpture, and wall reliefs that often combine images of plants and humansâ€”has emphasized the construction, development, and articulation of femininity and identity.
With her installation for RAMâ€™s Windows on Fifth Gallery, Calderwood uses enamel, felt, polymer, and porcelain to magnify her exploration of gender. By including multiple figures and expanding her use of floral forms to more â€śaggressive and surprisingâ€ť subject matter, she is able to address complex topics such as the relationship between the beautiful and the absurd, the powerful and the powerless, and the feminine and masculine.