I am a sculptor working and living in Maine and New Jersey. I use traditional clay modeling techniques joined with natural materials and emerging technologies to create life-size figures that combine the human body with symbols and patterns from nature, seeking an ‘ecological-self’. I sculpt life-size figures in water-based clay and then cast them into an architectural concrete or bronze or 3D print them. Ground pigments mixed with beeswax or shellac, and natural materials such as wasp paper, bark, roots, and seeds are used to finish the work.
I often work collaboratively with individuals and organizations from a variety of fields, particularly poetry, biology and ecology. Researching and creating art from personally and culturally significant nature-based symbols, patterns, and images, I work to re-awaken our deep relationship with nature.
To bring this work to others, I have created a Social Practice project: Discovering the Ecological Self. Discovering the Ecological Self is a multi-institutional art project designed to foster environmental stewardship and create environmental leaders and Social Practice artists. The project uses workshops and activities to research and create art from personally and culturally significant nature-based symbols, patterns, and images.
To join in the project and seek out your own ecological self, start with this introductory survey: http://kimberlycallas.com/survey/ The survey results help us identify threads and patterns in our relationships to nature and inspires new imagery for the project. Contact information is optional.
This project is funded in part by The Pollination Project and was featured in the Huffington Post.
Kimberly Callas is a Monmouth University Assistant Professor of Art and Design.