Gender, human relationships, and issues surrounding the body are subjects that often permeate my work. I work within the medium of enameling, an ancient process of fusing glass to metal. I have drawn much inspiration from enamel portrait miniatures, because of their technical mastery and lush imagery.
My most recent series consists of psychological portraits that address ideas of eating, consuming, and personal obsession within the context of traditional dinnerware forms. I view the dinner/serving platter as emblematic of our culture’s obsession with consumption as a whole. This series deals with issues of political, social and, personal importance. My hope is that the work will create opportunities for examination, contemplation, and change.
Artist Bio / CV
Jessica Calderwood received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. After graduation, Jessica was accepted as a resident artist at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She spent three months working in the iron foundry experimenting with the artistic possibilities of cast iron and enamel. She later went on to receive her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University. Her drawings and sculpture have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. Her work has been published in Metalsmith Magazine and American Craft, as well as numerous enameling books. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.