Biography

Caldwell is an American painter and sculptor who has lived most of her life outside the United States in the Far East and the Middle East. She is now back in the USA and living in Miami, Florida. She creates three-dimensional wall collages, mixed media paintings, and sculptures in wood, clay, and stone. Persistent themes in her work are fertility, creativity and the iconography of myth. Her paintings often have a strong narrative element. Her current work combines fully three-dimensional, painted or unpainted, clay or resin figures against a painted ground or in painted and sculpted environments.

Caldwell received her B.A. in English and Art from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. She also studied Literature at  Durham University in England; Ceramic Sculpture at Alfred University, New York; Oriental Brush-Painting, Calligraphy, and Aesthetics at Ewha University and Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; and Pottery in Kyoto, Japan.  In addition to painting and sculpting, she works as a teacher, illustrator,  and as a graphics, set and costume designer. Many of her works are in private collections in The United States, Europe, and Asia.

Her selected solo exhibitions include: The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, Massachusetts, 2000; The American Center (Three Artists), U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan, 1999; American Language Center, Amman, Jordan, 1998; Al Baydar, Amman, Jordan, 1996; Jandaweel Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1996; Public Library, Chilmark, MA, 1994; Martha's Vineyard National Bank, Chilmark, MA, 1993; Sanaa, Yemen, 1989-'93; Field Gallery, Chilmark, MA, 1983 and '86; and Alliance Franaise, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979.

Her selected group exhibitions include: Miami Country Day Artists Annual, Miami, FL 2002-8 ; Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA, 2000; The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA, 1999; Artisana Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1998; The Alliance of Women Artists, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 1998; American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, 1998; Atelier Rawabi Abu Ghazaleh, Amman, Jordan, 1997; American Language Center, Amman, Jordan, 1997; Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1997; The Eye of the Camera, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, 1997; Gallerie Everarts, Paris, France, 1997; International Art Annual, Stockholm, Sweden, 1997; Reflections on Self, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, 1997; International Bechtel Center, Stanford University, California, 1996; Jordan University for Women, Amman, Jordan, 1995 and '96; Hammurabi Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1995; Gallery No 1, Sanaa, Yemen, 1989-'93; Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987; Meeting House Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983; Basement Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983.

© Susanna Caldwell 2013