Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI use different techniques, some of them mixed together to create new unique techniques. My art is formed by adding layer after layer, producing extraordinary illusions making the mind get involved in the labyrinth of colors and materials. Viewers never stop discovering new things - there is something fresh each time they look at my pieces. My source of inspiration is that a picture can speak a thousand words. I have seen many times how my art can touch people. I believe in the freedom of rights and equality for all, and these beliefs impact my artwork and my message. My art does not judge, but it is honest, even when this means stating what I see there is a strong message. I trust my art because the word that comes out from it is a positive word. I discovered the beauty of creating sculptures and prints in addition to doing paintings, etching and restoring art and now they have become part of who I am. There are the infinite possibilities hidden in sculpture. Between mixed media, aluminum casting, and more I love to touch any type of material and find new ways to use them. To the point that I created art pieces even from broken toys or any type of recyclable material that have a particular shape, color and material. It is so much fun to destroy and reconstruct in a new original form that allows people to dream, or to just ask themselves questions about the piece. The pleasure I get from doing the pieces is infinite and when people stop in front of it then my goal has been reached. This is what has been said on a Magazine in the UK: Edelweiss Calcagno produces illusions, making the mind float in a labyrinth using different techniques and layers of material. Each time viewers explore they will discover new things. Edelweiss supports human rights and freedom for all, which influences her artwork; she states things that are wrong in the world in a positive way. Another magazine in New York, USA, said: There is an impressive amount of versatility in the works of Edelweiss Calcagno. Employing a range of media that runs from gouache to pastels to lithography and sculptures, she expresses a powerful vision that comes through in a surprising variety of ways. With a bold sense of line, color and movement, her images incorporate elements of realism, Cubism and Expressionism and abstract art. But her vibrant pieces transform those styles through their dynamic compositions and the mixture of what Edelweiss Calcagno calls “total freedom” with a highly disciplined technique. “My art is not simple,” she says. Rather, it is the result of a meticulous process in which she builds each piece up layer by layer to produce a “labyrinth of colors and materials.” Inspired by her faith in Jesus and a desire to expose “the injustice that I see,” her images convey a passion for life that unifies the influences that come to play in them. Whether expressing abstract concepts or rendering lifelike human figures, she gives each image a sense of space, light and physicality that pulls viewers in, and then subtly rewards their attention. Quote by Erik Till “Sane is the insanity most called normality put forth by society” www.edelweisscalcagno.com +1-240-701-9100
Contemporary Art Gallery Online 4th place in Competition on Colors prints with exposure on their online website.
Contemporary Art Pick of the Week series, as well as interviewed for our radio show, An Artist Speaks. Semi-Annual and Holiday Catalogs, 2015 Annual Anthology, this book carries with it the prestigious Cataloging in Publication number. This means several copies of this book are permanently included in the Library of Congress, located in Washington, DC. This book is also included on The National Library Registry. The Anthology is also sold on Amazon.com and Barnes n Noble.com.
Physics Department at Montgomery College, January 2013 – December 2013. Creation of outdoors sculptures and painting representing the Solar System and Pluto in walking parkour of the planets.
Phi Theta Kappa: Spring 2013: responsible of high school students, teaching them how to sand wood for sculptures that represents one of the planets in the Solar System course at Montgomery College.
Ophelia Vintage, Rockville, MD: creation of sculptures, accessories and jewelry steam-punk style art, 2012-2013.
Honors Internship –Montgomery College partnership with AHCMC (Art and Humanities Council of Montgomery County), Silver Spring, MD, 2012. Controlled actual condition, evaluated safety and repair requirements to preserve and display artwork,; updated database for inventory and survey of Public Art (sculptures, paintings and murals outdoors and in schools) in Silver Spring, Takoma Park and Rockville.
Volunteer, Restoration and conservation of original artworks, paintings and murals, created by prisoners incarcerated in Washington, DC, Montgomery College Phi Theta Kappa project.
Staff Volunteer - Montgomery Art Association, Silver Spring, MD, 2007- 2011. Assist with painting exhibitions.
Art restoration, private contractor and consultant in Italy, Belgium, and USA from 1998 to present.
Responsible for restoration work in paintings, frames, small sculptures for private collectors; projects included cleaning and restoration of paintings by Anthony Quinn.
Secretary trilingual English, Italian, French, in Belgium, from 1996-2001.
EXHIBITIONS, ARTICLES, AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
Juried selection of three pieces at the Miami artweek, represented by The ArtBox Gallery, Switzerland. Dec. 2016.
Colorado University, MFA Exchange exhibition. Representing Towson University, Towson MD. Oct. 2016.
University of Maryland annual exhibition (paintings and screen printing), in 2015
Magazine Publ New York: http://artisspectrum.com/magazine/33/#97, in 2015
Magazine Publ London: Aesthetica, The Art and Culture Magazine, April/May 2015 issue 64, pg.154 and June/July 2015 issue 65, pg.152
ArtChamber, Holand, representation for 2015/2016
Galleria360, Florence, Italy, representation for 2015/2016
Agora Gallery, New York City, USA, Nov. 2014, representation for 2014/2015
Online permanent Galleries: http://www.saachiart.com search for: Edelweiss Calcagno
http://www.absolutearts.com search for: Edelweiss Calcagno
http://www.artvinder.com search for: Edelweiss Calcagno
http://www.ContemporaryArtGalleryOnline.com search for: Edelweiss Calcagno
Maryland Sligo Journal Exhibition, at MC, March - May 2014. (Book awarded: the Florida
Book Festival Award for Compilations/Anthologies, given by JM Northern Media) Maryland Sligo Journal Exhibition at MC, March - May 2013.
Montgomery College Annual Exhibition (linocut, engraving), June – Sept. 2013.
Montgomery College Annual Exhibition (sculptures, paintings), June-Sept. 2012.
Strathmore Exhibition Donation proceeds for fine art programs, April 2013
Area 405, Baltimore, collective exhibition Mar.- April, 2013
Selected in the National College Sculpture Competition at Gallery Area 405, Baltimore, Feb-March 2013.
Prize Golden Mercury for Art, Porto Venere, for “High quality demonstrated in her artistic work,” Italy, Nov. 2002
Over 60 exhibitions in Europe between 1994 to present: London, Paris, Lille, Lille, Liege, Antwerpen, Brussels, Monte Carlo, Rome, Porto Venere, Firenze, Luxembourg.