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Jessica Caldas

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My work is divided in two ways (that often intersect):
1. Focus on the daily lived experiences of women. Drawing on personal narratives, collected stories, literature, and social movements, I have built a body of work which reflects on the complicated spaces, both personal and public, that women inhabit and move through.
2. Exploration of the complexities of identity where family history, cultural and social influence, politicization, and personal desire are both at odds and overlapping. In this exploration identity becomes a fact based excavation of personal history alongside a kind of fictional mythological world building.
I am interested in the silence around experiences caused by stigma, and the ways that perpetuates violence and othering. My practice strives for conversation and confrontation. My work incorporates mixed media, immersive, installations, where various mediums work in layers to create a bodily representation mirroring the complexities of the issues I am tackling.

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