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Luisa Caldwell
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: I make architectural scale sculptures and installations using reclaimed materials such as packaging, fruit stickers, candy wrappers, boxes or whatever materials I need for the idea. Along with repurposing material I collect with the intensity of a hoarder, I am also inadvertently archiving our societies ever changing consumer habits and packaging design conventions without the work being primarily about that. By using ephemera, I relate an aspect of the physical world we live in to that of personal imagery and form making. With sculpture I tend towards a simplified geometrical or architectural form and aspire to architectural scale. The box sculptures are architectural by nature in that I am literally stacking the boxes like building blocks. Iím drawn to the elemental nature of stacking blocks, one of the first physical activities we learn as toddlers. The candy wrapper and thread hanging sculptures are more process, or even craft oriented, with the repeated motion it takes to tie each wrapper into a bow shape. I use multiple strands to make structures mimicking walls or columns, which shimmer and dazzle.
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  • Color Falls
    2006
    candy wrappers & thread
    Approximately 8,000 candy wrapper tied with thread to create this column of bows that flutter like butterflies. It is ephemeral and magical in its visual effects. Installed here at Smack Mellon Brookl

  • Inverted rainbow
    2013
    Candy wrappers and thread, cable
    Color coded candy wrappers tied into bows, hung on a cable span of 35ft in the former Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO. The natural curving of the strands create an inverted rainbow.

  • Three Columns
    2010
    candy wrappers and thread, plywood and paint
    Three Columns is a site specific piece installed at Kidspace at MassMoca in North Adams Mass. The candy wrappers and thread are tied into bows into columns that reference exisiting structural columns

  • Thought Bubbles: Sky
    2009
    globes, soccer balls, fruit stickers, etc
    Commissioned by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art and the School Construction Authority. This cluster of various spheres hangs on permanent display in the library of PS 244 in Fl

  • Thought Bubbles: Earth
    2009
    globes, soccer balls, fruit stickers, etc
    Commissioned by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art and the School Construction Authority. This cluster of various spheres hangs on permanent display in the library of PS 244 in Fl

  • Pyramid Scheme
    2011
    repurposed plastic shopping baskets, zip ties
    Pyramid Scheme was commissioned by the Bloomberg Corporation for temporary exhibition on Crandall's Island for SP11. It is made from approximately 750 plastic shopping baskets and zip ties.

  • Hanging Gardens
    2014-on going
    package backing, fruit stickers and acrylic paint
    An on going series of small loose studies of flowers made with fruit sticker and acrylic paint on reclaimed cardboard package backing.

  • Hanging Gardens
    2015
    fruit stickers, acrylic and package backing
    An on going series of small loose studies of flowers made with fruit sticker and acrylic paint on reclaimed cardboard package backing.

  • Hanging Gardens
    2015
    fruit stickers acrylic paint on cardboard
    An on going series of small loose studies of flowers made with fruit sticker and acrylic paint on reclaimed cardboard package backing.

  • Spring Forward
    2014
    fruit stcikers acrylic on paper
    Spring Forward is a collage based painting using collected fruit stickers as flower petals, filling in the rest with acrylic paint. This work is an interpretation of the traditional Vanitas paintings.

  • Purple Majesty
    2014
    fruit stcikers acrylic on paper
    Using fruit stickers to make flowers I like color and flowers and patterns.

  • Flow
    2014
    fruit stcikers acrylic on wood panel
    Fruit sticker painting!

  • Horizontal Flow
    2014
    fruit stcikers acrylic on paper
    A loose rendition of fruit sticker flowers evoking a repeat from a bolt of fabric.

  • Posters
    2012
    Collecte dart posters ans ephemera
    For Sculpture Key West I adhered a portion of my art poster and art ephemera collection to this brick wall.

  • Umbrella Organization
    2011
    500 umbrellas, zip ties
    Umbrella organization was commissioned by the Bloomberg Corporation for a temporary exhibition on Randall's Island for SP11.

  • Umbrella Organization
    2011
    500 umbrellas, zip ties
    Umbrella Organization was commissioned by the Bloomberg Corporation for a temporary exhibition on Randall's Island for SP11.

  • We Are Not From Here
    2010
    commercial wall mural, wood
    We Are Not From here was commissioned by Sculpture Ket West for temporary exhibition. I used a consumer grade preprinted mural that I bought on line and built a billboard near the beach in Key West.

  • Running Fence: Scenic Route
    2010
    wall paper murals, wood
    Running Fence: Scenic Route was made for Franconia Sculpture Park and paid for with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. I spliced together 4 wallpaper murals to make a repeat that is reminiscent of Ea
 








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