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On September 3rd Fox 5 News covered, without contacting me, the curators, or the organization I work with, my piece “Four Letter Word” in this video-http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/26441979/sex-art-exhibit. They seem focused entirely on the small illustrations of sexual positions, which is only a small portion of the 8 by 8 foot installation with 13 6 foot stuffed letters (all hand sewn by me). They followed up with this video, after interviewing me over the phone.

Read more about my piece via my statement, and check out images here: http://jessicacaldas.com/four-letter-word/.

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“Four letter word” specifically explores my relationship with three gendered insults, SLUT, CUNT, and BITCH and surveys the words’ overlapping historical, and social contexts while acknowledging this exploration comes through the lens of my own perspective.

Beginning with my own negative experiences with each word and my own written hand, I translate, across the letters of the words themselves, how this personal experience relates to a larger social, political, and historical context and how each of these contexts relate to each other and how the larger scale of these issues and ideas reflect and affect myself. I have examined how negative perspectives of these words, which are different from my own, contribute to issues such as sexism, rape culture, victim blaming, slut shaming, and body policing while also calling attention to issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class. Alternatively, positive behaviors such as reclamation afford these words a different kind of power.

The letters themselves are life size, hand sewn, and plush, and come in reds, pinks, and cream colors allowing for them to envelope the viewer in a physical yet gentle way. The physicality of these letters is important to me as I am interested in how the use of the words inform behavior and consequently how behaviors affect identity. Just as vital are the jumble and messiness of the forms, which reflect the complicated nature of language, that it is both powerful and reductive.

This piece is a part of the body of work Out of Context

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"Four Letter Word"

Bed sheets, ployfill, screen print, house paint, and vinyl

2014

“Four letter word” specifically explores my relationship with three gendered insults, SLUT, CUNT, and BITCH and surveys the words’ overlapping historical, and social contexts while acknowledging this exploration comes through the lens of my own perspective.

Beginning with my own negative experiences with each word and my own written hand, I translate, across the letters of the words themselves, how this personal experience relates to a larger social, political, and historical context and how each of these contexts relate to each other and how the larger scale of these issues and ideas reflect and affect myself.  I have examined how negative perspectives of these words, which are different from my own, contribute to issues such as sexism, rape culture, victim blaming, slut shaming, and body policing while also calling attention to issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class.  Alternatively, positive behaviors such as reclamation afford these words a different kind of power.  

The letters themselves are life size, hand sewn, and plush, and come in reds, pinks, and cream colors allowing for them to envelope the viewer in a physical yet gentle way.  The physicality of these letters is important to me as I am interested in how the use of the words inform behavior and consequently how behaviors affect identity.  Just as vital are the jumble and messiness of the forms, which reflect the complicated nature of language, that it is both powerful and reductive.

This piece is a part of the body of work Out of Context

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"Four Letter Word"

Bed sheets, ployfill, screen print, house paint, and vinyl

2014

“Four letter word” specifically explores my relationship with three gendered insults, SLUT, CUNT, and BITCH and surveys the words’ overlapping historical, and social contexts while acknowledging this exploration comes through the lens of my own perspective.

Beginning with my own negative experiences with each word and my own written hand, I translate, across the letters of the words themselves, how this personal experience relates to a larger social, political, and historical context and how each of these contexts relate to each other and how the larger scale of these issues and ideas reflect and affect myself.  I have examined how negative perspectives of these words, which are different from my own, contribute to issues such as sexism, rape culture, victim blaming, slut shaming, and body policing while also calling attention to issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class.  Alternatively, positive behaviors such as reclamation afford these words a different kind of power.  

The letters themselves are life size, hand sewn, and plush, and come in reds, pinks, and cream colors allowing for them to envelope the viewer in a physical yet gentle way.  The physicality of these letters is important to me as I am interested in how the use of the words inform behavior and consequently how behaviors affect identity.  Just as vital are the jumble and messiness of the forms, which reflect the complicated nature of language, that it is both powerful and reductive.

This piece is a part of the body of work Out of Context

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"This is a man…?" 2014, 4 color screen print, 24x40 inches (one of the perks in my indiegogo campaign to get to Australia)
The first day of my campaign is drawing to a close and I’ve reached 15% already!
Here are all the lovely folks who contributed:
Marty Ellin
Muriel Vega
Rachel Caldas
Meagan Harris
Nicholas Ward
Robin Taylor
Liz Whipple
Ambre Chapman
Sonia Kose
Sara Lubin
Susannah Felts
Jamz Rich
Valerie Hooper
Cass Hanlon

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

"This is a man…?" 2014, 4 color screen print, 24x40 inches (one of the perks in my indiegogo campaign to get to Australia)

The first day of my campaign is drawing to a close and I’ve reached 15% already!

Here are all the lovely folks who contributed:

Marty Ellin

Muriel Vega

Rachel Caldas

Meagan Harris

Nicholas Ward

Robin Taylor

Liz Whipple

Ambre Chapman

Sonia Kose

Sara Lubin

Susannah Felts

Jamz Rich

Valerie Hooper

Cass Hanlon

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Help me get to Newcastle, Australia!

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Two lovely interns at the Emory Center for Ethics interviewed me about my work and wrote up a wonderful blog post about me.  I’m touched and honored.
Read it here!

Two lovely interns at the Emory Center for Ethics interviewed me about my work and wrote up a wonderful blog post about me.  I’m touched and honored.

Read it here!

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I am excited to announce my first curatorial experience and to present, along with The Arts Exchange at the Xchange Gallery, Sense of Self, which will showJuly 26th through September 6th, with an opening reception Saturday, July 26th, from 7-9 pm.
Sense of Self features the work of six artists (Pictured above): Elaine Alibrandi (Boston, MA)Elyse Defoor (Atlanta, GA)Elnaz Javani (Chicago, IL)Kelly Kristin Jones (Atlanta, GA)Grace Needleman (Pepper Pike, OH), and Iman Person (Atlanta, GA).  Through diverse mediums the artists explore the impacts of society, culture, and community on identity and varying ideas of womanhood.  Each artist approaches these themes differently, whether exploring their own relationship to the world outside themselves, a specific community’s concept of womanhood, or observing general perceptions on the idea of women.
You can find the Facebook invite here.
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More skies of Harrisonburg, Virginia

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The skies of Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Last few days in Harrisonburg were lovely.