Calvin Ma


  • Ceramic, Glaze, 22kt gold luster
  • 38cm x 15cm x 12cm
  • 2019

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About this work

My work usually features figures that try really hard to blend in with their environment. I think the idea of that lends itself very well with the theme of this exhibition. ‘Crowned,’ the sculpture I made for this show is an anthropomorphic bird-like figure topped with a crown made of elements from nature. The piece as a whole speaks to a sense of harmony and respect between animals and it’s natural environment.

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I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety.

As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially. Even as a child I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with my active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on. There was something about picking up your favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures that captivated me. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork.

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