Humor, whimsy and imagination are a cathartic aspect of Jennifer Caldwell’s studio practice that allows her to address more serious emotions from a place of playfulness. In Caldwell’s work, she observes objects from the world around her and conveys ideas by identifying aspects of these object that she is drawn to. Color, form or historical meaning become a point of departure and focus while aspects that make these objects live or function in reality, become secondary or completely denied during the creative process. In this way objects from her experience become beautiful, yet un-functional, or are combined in a way to see the paradoxes through which Caldwell view the world.
Working with the constant motion associated with hot glass forces Caldwell to intuitively engage with the material creating a constant collaboration between the material and herself. This is a connection that happens between her conscience and sub-conscience, her mind and hands, the motion of the material and her own emotions, resulting in a physical object that conveys her essence.
View her collaborative work with Jason Chakravarty here.