5 pieces from my recent body of work, titled “Out of Context”
"This work deals with the negative and positive ways we use language related to sex, identity, and race in the context of gendered issues. In negative contexts, language we use becomes a barrier to separate ourselves from behavior. We are careless with language and we forget its power. In positive contexts, language we use becomes a form of agency and a way for us to choose our own identity. We use words to relate to others. We reclaim words and choose to reject words as we desire. In some cases the degree to which these actions are positive or negative shift.”
Participate in this body of work, share your stories and experiences on this survey (anything used in a project will be completely anonymous): Out of Context: Four Letter Word
See more of my work at jessicacaldas.com
Photos courtesy David Batterman Photography.
My solo show, “Falling in…”, is opening this Saturday, March 30th at Beep Beep Gallery here in Atlanta from 7-11 pm.
Please come out and say hi!
ABOUT THE SHOW
"Just as any love story does, the stories of violent relationships each develop differently. Though a relationship full of love should not be violent there is indeed love. There is a very human hope and belief in love. There are lines of power, control and anger that should not be crossed but they are crossed. Violence should not be hard to see, hard to distinguish, hard to name and yet it is.
When we see violence from an outsider’s perspective and we want to understand it we place ourselves, or those we know, in the moment and we ask “What if it was me?” Why do we have to ask this question? When we don’t want to understand violence we push the stories away from us, and we say “that could never happen to me”. In this moment we are failing to understand that, like love, violence is all around us.
This work visualizes relationships I witness as a Domestic Violence advocate; their development through the cycle of violence, the perspectives surrounding the relationships, and the questions of what happens when love is pressured by violence and control.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jessica Caldas was born in Jacksonville, Florida but truly considers Atlanta, Georgia her home and spent most of her childhood drawing and spinning stories with her twin sister. She found a new home in Athens, Georgia while studying Printmaking and Japanese Language & Literature at the University of Georgia where she spent the next 5 years excepting her year abroad in Tokyo.
Jessica returned to Atlanta in 2011 to rediscover the city as an adult. Currently, she is working at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer’s Foundation. She prints at the Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio where she finished a residency in Spring 2011 and is lucky enough to be a current emerging artist resident through MINT’s Leap Year Residency.