Craig Calderwood

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: San Francisco, CA

I render my work through a personal vernacular of symbols and patterns. Recalling the private languages that underground communities of queer and trans people used for safety for decades, I develop these patterns and symbols though historical research, personal narratives, and pop-cultural moments. My figures exist in spaces imprinted with desire, memory, and otherness.

Utilizing low-end materials like fabric paint, found fabrics, and fiber-tip pens, I flex the intended use of my mediums, forming images whose lines and textures teeter between thread and paint, which blurs the binaries not only of my materials but also of my subjects.