My work explores themes of home, family, loss, memory, displacement and identity through objects that range from the everyday and utilitarian to representative portraiture and sculpture. I create my work using traditional hand tools and methods. The care used to represent a figure is also taken in the production of a box, thus the two worlds collide, the box becomes a portrait of a family member or members, and the bust becomes a vessel for a memory or memories. By using reclaimed materials the objects themselves evoke their own spirit and history, which is then re-contextualized with new purpose and new spirits to contain, within a new space. The objects altogether are meant to occupy an idealized home built with laborious care considering the members who can no longer occupy it. The metaphysical world that these objects synthesize to create is the answer to what a home would look like if I could build it for my family with my hands.
Scarlett McCalman was born and raised in New York City. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. 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 two solo shows in 2011 and 2013. More recently she attended the Vermont Studio Center residency program in January, 2019. Scarlett dedicated 2016-2018 to learning traditional woodworking, a craft she continues to hone as it evolves to encapsulate recurrent themes in her work.