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Works on Canvas
3D & 2D Political Satire
Calef fearlessly addresses political issues with humor. Juxtaposing historical figures, characters and places, adding colorful details, including sculpture, fabric and found objects, she highlights the madness of our society.
Another Day at the Office, oil, sculpture, fabric, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 36"<
newspaper clippings chronicling September 11, 2001 cover the floor and walls. Final
article completed painting in 2011 when Bin Laden was killed.
The tranquil and panoramic hot-tub setting, where the characters privately
luxuriate, is in stark contrast to the provisions of the Patriot Act, which seductively
diminishes our fundamental liberties.
Ringside, Al Gore, Don King, the Koch Brothers, Jerry Brown, international environmentalists:
Chico Mendes, Wangari Maathai, Edward Abbey and Aldo Leopold watch the earth being beaten by humans.
Cafe Four-Twenty oil, sculpture, wood, fabric, found objects, paper on canvas 40" x 30" x 4"
The Investigation oil on canvas 36 " x 60"
I worked on this vignette-filled journey for a year, in search of "the objective truth" through historical characters relevant to our current political landscape. Kali, the Hindu goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power embraces her children in the midst of global power struggles; the politicians gamble, juggling honesty and suppression of facts, while masked terrorists ignite chaos and the Fake News channel craves an interview. TV president has his tiny thumb on Lady Justice's scales, imprisons the press and chips away at the fabric of Democracy, distracting the public with the antics of his cadre of advisors, political appointees and family goons. Liberty balances on a surfboard as immigrants depart through the Mexican wall. Michelle Obama feeds information to the animal kingdom, as Senators gather around the fact checker. The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promises to lead the country in a more humane direction.
Hashtag Dummy POTUS oil on canvas 30" x 24"
No Free Lunch oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 48" x 48"
The near future of commercial travel is highlighted: advertisements blare on the
overhead compartments, while the air hostess sells oxygen, toilet paper and water.
Bernie Madoff sits beside a woman studying up on his corruption in Madoff Gate.
Amnesty oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 36" x 48"
Encircled by Homeland Security fences, the diverse crop of citizen-seekers wait
patiently at the immigration lawyer’s office.
The Statue of Liberty is on trial, while the historical figures in the gallery
represent good and evil, from Clarence Darrow, Thurgood Marshall, Gandhi, Dalai Lama,
Abraham Lincoln, to Nixon, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Bin Laden, Sadam Hussein, among others.
Looking Up oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 48" x 36"
The stock exchange in all its madness, highlighting our culture's relationship to money.
Pile Of . . . oil, paper & wire on canvas 24" x 30"
Elephant In The Room, oil, sculpture, fabric, leather, found objects on canvas, 48" x 60"
The busy airport and all its dangers. A bag with wires remains unattended.
The War Room, oil, found objects on canvas, 24" x 30"
Its 10:00 AM. Do You Know Where Your Parents Are? oil & acrylic, 32" x 26"
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