Title: Fertility (detail)
Medium: Mixed media, acrylic
Size: 85 x 90 x 20 cm
Caldwell is an American painter and sculptor who has lived most of her life outside the United States in the Far East and the Middle East. She is now back in the USA and living in Miami, Florida. She creates three-dimensional wall collages and mixed media paintings. Persistent themes in her work are fertility, creativity and the iconography of myth. Her paintings often have a strong narrative element. Her current work combines fully three-dimensional, painted or unpainted, clay or resin figures against a painted ground or in painted and sculpted environments. Fertility is a celebration of the joys of parenthood, but the egg behind barbed wire (not visible in the detail) is a reference to the pain of trying to protect one's offspring from the ravages of the world and the danger also of the impulse to be over protective.
Caldwell received her B.A. in English and Art from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. She has also studied Literature at University of Durham, England; Ceramic Sculpture at Alfred University, New York; Oriental Brush-Painting, Calligraphy, and Aesthetics at Ewha University and Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; and Pottery in Kyoto, Japan. In 1976, on a Stecher Fellowship, Caldwell completed Senior Thesis Research on the topic of The Relationship of Victorian Theatre to Victorian Photography in London, England. Over the years and in various countries she has been art teacher, illustrator, poster designer, greeting card designer, and set & costume designer in addition to keeping up her painting and sculpting. Many of her works are in private collections in The United States, Europe and Asia. Further examples of her work can be viewed at http://www.susannacaldwell.com
Her selected solo exhibitions include: The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, Massachusetts, 2000; The American Center (Three Artists), U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan, 1999; American Language Center, Amman, Jordan, 1998; Al Baydar, Amman, Jordan, 1996; Jandaweel Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1996; Public Library, Chilmark, MA, 1994; Martha's Vineyard National Bank, Chilmark, MA, 1993; Sanaa, Yemen, 1989-'93; Field Gallery, Chilmark, MA, 1983 and '86; and Alliance Franšaise, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979.
Her selected group exhibitions include: Miami Country Day, Miami, FL 2002 & '04; Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA, 2000; The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA, 1999; Artisana Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1998; The Alliance of Women Artists, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 1998; American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, 1998; Atelier Rawabi Abu Ghazaleh, Amman, Jordan, 1997; American Language Center, Amman, Jordan, 1997; Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1997; The Eye of the Camera, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, 1997; Gallerie Everarts, Paris, France, 1997; International Art Annual, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997; Reflections on Self, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, 1997; International Bechtel Center, Stanford University, California, 1996; Jordan University for Women, Amman, Jordan, 1995 and '96; Hammurabi Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1995; Gallery No 1, Sanaa, Yemen, 1989-'93; Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987; Meeting House Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983; Basement Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983.