Recent creatures crafted in the workshop of Calvin Ma make seem endearing and childlike. Yet, Ma’s ceramic sculptures are part of an ongoing, cathartic purpose, the artist says. In a statement, he describes why it was “ natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork.”
These sculptures by Calvin Ma may look like the wooden toys that inspired them, but they are detailed ceramic figures he calls “Homebodies”. The artist will debut the latest in this ongoing series at Modern Eden Gallery on November 15th. This isn’t just an exploration of the artist’s emotion, but also medium, as he incorporates glaze, stain, twine, and resin. Paired with such delicate materials, the figures become playful symbols of the artist’s fragility.