Held by the nonverbal, Craig Calderwood uses visual language to construct dense, elaborate patterns of symbols that add subtext to the full narratives of her work. The Patterns fight for space, or uncomfortably hold hands, to form obsessively detailed drawings and sculpture. Finding and reinterpreting these symbols through research on the themes she wades in—Melancholia, Suburbia, Feminist Sciences, Antinormative Desire, Failure and “Queer” Animals, to name a few—she takes to her pieces with a cache of data and weave what feels like visual essays. Calderwood’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally. She is a self-taught artist living and working in San Francisco and a 2015 recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Grant.
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