I’m lying on the floor, my torso encased in papier-mâché when she asks, “Does being a woman affect your art practice?” Caught off guard, the video camera winks at me, recording my facial expressions while I stumble for the words. My imagery is gathered from lived experiences, imagined moments and collective memories colliding across a landscape. Existing as a woman is my only perspective, and affects all interactions. Through drawing, I map emotional experiences anchored around a specific location. As maps, each artwork orients towards a specific moment, spiraling outward to chart the details. I am interested in expressing the psychological connection between places and people. Public spaces within the city are visceral, storied spaces, my paintings explore their narratives.
Andrea Caldarise is a painter and collaborator inspired by happenstance conversations, exploring, and memories. Her imagery is gathered from lived experiences, imagined moments, and collective memories colliding across a landscape. Public spaces are visceral, storied spaces, Caldarise's paintings explore the psychological connection between places and people. Caldarise studied painting and art history at Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she received her BFA and completed an MA in Arts Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded residencies at the Post Contemporary, Troy, NY and Yale School of Art's Norfolk residency. Currently a 2018 artist resident with Trestle Gallery, Andrea Caldarise has exhibited her artwork in Philadelphia, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Rome, Italy. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her pug and partner.