17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733
Published in SantaCruz.com, 15 December 2010
The artist painstakingly traces the outlines of these layers upon transparent sheets of Mylar, kneeling on the sidewalks, asphalt roadways and industrial lots. In the studio, she integrates these tracings into a single Mylar layer using different colored pencils to achieve potentially vast drawings that could well be topographical maps. But the crisp cleanness of the Mylar, the even, elegant pencil lines in two or three radiant colors, is obviously a repository for more than geographical information. Each color appears to have a direction, and within the empty mazes of lines there appears an occasional recognizable outline. In fact the artist often integrates tracings from different locations to achieve a beautifully crafted composite that represents an impossible geographic confluence.
In the paintings—here oil on aluminum—the artist begins with tracings, then fills in the outlines with intense color in a limited but vibrant palette.
Published in The Buffalo News, 8 October 2009
Her drawings and paintings combine the meticulous tracings from the wading pool, the parking lot and the steel plant into layered abstractions that give little hint about their source. Several of the pieces look like color-coded topographical maps of otherworldly landscapes; others have the look of more traditional abstract painting.
All of them are infused, in ways that are anything but obvious, with Calame’s ideas about mortality, her own family history and her interest in the perceptions of abstraction and representation.
Published in The Guardian, 19 September 2009
My journey through tracing different sites, working with and meeting people and seeing their reactions to the work - all this has changed my understanding of representation and abstraction.
Published in Art Papers, 8 January 2008
Calame’s colour choices indicate a very sophisticated, yet also intuitive and possibly emotive, understanding harmonies.
Published in ArtNews, November 2007 ( 56 )
Colored-pencil drawings resemble topographical maps or aerial views of winding, disorganized cities like Rome. The enamel-on-aluminium works are based on the drawings and recall action paintings, but with a digitized, almost pixelated effect.
© Copyright 2017 Frith Street Gallery