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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.

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Last day of public art chalking in Harrisonburg, Virginia was yesterday.  Each Hopscotch court represents an abused child that was assisted byt the Collins Center.

This was a lot of good hard work, and I loved working in Harrisonburg, talking to the community as I worked, working with organizations like The Collins Center and Larkin Arts, and working with amazing people like Jon Henry at the Old Furnace Arts Residency.

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Be a part of my ongoing project 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 various issues such as intimate partner violence, body policing, sexism, racism, and more. 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.”

See this work and more at jessicacaldas.com

Share your experiences, stories, and thoughts in this survey.  Those that share will receive a gift from me!

I am still collecting responses and the project is ongoing.  (Production of the work has been delayed since I’m currently at a residency and have other projects which had to be prioritized)

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As usual I am getting way too excited about data-but it could be the idea of drawing 152 Hopscotch courts in a small downtown area-who knows.

As usual I am getting way too excited about data-but it could be the idea of drawing 152 Hopscotch courts in a small downtown area-who knows.

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