ERIN CALVERT

Emerging Talent / Northern Ireland

 

My work uses whimsical imagery and haptic material play to approach the issue of social stigmas surrounding people with atypical appearances and abnormalities of the flesh.

I have drawn on my own experience of having warts on my hands in childhood and the behavior of those who would come into contact with me, such as discomfort, curiosity and a desire to ‘cure’ me.

Each piece is bigger than the last, growing and spreading along the arm to cover more surface area and symbolise the panic of contagion.

The ‘ugly’ appearance and flesh-like texture command the attention of the viewer to start a playful conversation about physical difference.

In creating these bulbous, growth-like forms I want to challenge traditional standards of beauty and the body, whilst encouraging the viewer to consider what is ‘normal’ and how they approach the abnormal.

Work

Genus Mupapillomavirus

Ring, 2021

Silicone Rubber

Genus Epsilonpapillomavirus

Ring, 2021

Silicone Rubber

Genus Zetapapillomavirus

Ring, 2021

Silicone Rubber

Experience

Education

2018-2021 BA Hons Ceramics, Silversmithing and Jewellery Ulster University

2017-2018 BDes Art and Design (foundation year for specialist degrees) Ulster University

Exhibitions

2018 Foundation Year End of Year Exhibition, Ulster University

Commissions

2020 Ulster Excellence Awards 2021 Trophies

2019 Private commissioned ring (England)

2018 Private commissioned ring (Northern Ireland)

2018 Private commissioned pendant (Northern Ireland)

Professional Activities

2020 Framing Assistant at Whalley Fine Art, Belfast

2019 World Skills practice workshop with Eddie Doherty

2019 Leonardo Da Vinci brooch project for The Prince’s Trust

2016-2018 Intern at Framewerk Gallery and Framing, Belfast

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