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Are These Portraits?

After years of working with found photographs, Caldera has found herself drawn to the memories one chooses to keep: correspondence, recipes, books, and notes, the personal records of a life lived. These mementos are combined and layered with abstract marks of mixed media so that the works unfold like a conversation, built up over days and weeks. The artwork plays with scale, space, texture, and line, drawing the viewer into a complex visual story that is at once familiar and strange. The delicate details of the artwork reveal themselves over time, much like getting to know someone.

About the Artist:

Dana Caldera is a mixed-media visual artist, living and working in the Houston Heights. Her pieces combine found collage material, painting, and drawing into intricately layered compositions.

Caldera’s artwork has been selected for numerous juried shows in Texas, including the 2017 Texas National Show at Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, the 2018 and 2017 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art Show at Williams Tower Gallery, and the 2016 and 2017 Rising Eyes of Texas Shows at Rockport Art Center. Notable jurors that have selected her work include Benito Huerta, Clint Willour, D.M. Allison, and Jose Esparza Chong Cuy. In 2019, her artwork was in a group show at The Alexandria Museum of Art.

Caldera earned her MFA in Studio Art in May 2017 and currently teaches art at two local colleges. She is a FAQ Team member at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.


Gallery 100 at The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer Street Houston, TX 77007

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