For the month of November, 2015
Featured Enamelist: Jessica Calderwood
Jessica Calderwood is a fine art enamelist who innovates both in technical explorations and in theme. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978, she received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally in curated and juried exhibitions. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Jessica Calderwood, “Smoking Boy”, 2005
Enamel on copper, silver foil
12 x 12 x 1 in.
Calderwood has made herself a master of what we call “double-take” art. At first glance, the Smoking Boy image is interesting, a young boy puffing away on a cigarette. Then the theme compels a second look which engages us with Calderwood’s statement about contemporary life. Her contrasting the finely rendered “newspaper” photo of the boy with the background of rich gold foil adds to the strange, almost surreal quality. This piece is in the collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and in the Foundation’s exhibition, Little Dreams, at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.
Jessica Calderwood, “Bad Herb”, 2013
Enamel mark-making: enamel, copper, underglaze pencil, china paint, ceramic decals, sterling silver, pearls, stainless steel
3 x 2 x .25in
As in “Smoking Boy”, in “Bad Herb” Calderwood comments on issues surrounding the body and the idea of personal obsession and consumption in contemporary culture. This fine art brooch is the jewelry prize-winner in Alchemy3, the 2015 juried competition of The Enamelist Society.
Jessica Calderwood, “Houseplant”
Enamel, copper, brass, ceramic decals
30 x 24 x 2in
Jessica Calderwood, “Entangled”
Enamel, copper, ceramic decals, sterling silver
10 x 10 x 2in