With nineteen typewriters I transcribe my collection of personal journals. I draw and write simultaneously: building up words to build up images. Building up an image inspired me to deconstruct the object. Thus I started dissecting typewriters. I found that their inner workings were just as aesthetically beautiful as any image I could create with a typewriter.
Unlike modern technology where a few pieces serve a thousand functions, old machines such as typewriters are comprised of thousands of parts that work to serve one purpose. If one part fails the entire machine fails, much like my typewritten drawings where every mark has its place in a vignette, as well as in the portrait. I have combined my collection of typewriters, and their parts, with my writings and drawings. These nostalgic installations pay homage to typewriters as discarded and dead machines, as art objects and artistic tools.
Scarlett McCalman was born and raised in New York City. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 with a BFA in Painting. She has exhibited in both Baltimore and New York including a recent exhibition at the Gormley Gallery juried by curator Ann Schafer. She has had two solo shows in 2011 and 2013. Scarlett first began utilizing typewriters as a drawing tool in 2010 as it allows her to synthesize her writing and drawing practices, as well as her obsessive and labor intensive tendencies.