Chloe Calhoun is a painter and printmaker from San Jose, California, working primarily with lithography, cyanotype, and intaglio. She draws upon her studies as an art historian and her interest in the natural world to create her personal mythology. Her works often explore complex human emotions through themes of metamorphosis and the life cycle of plants.
My work explores complex human emotions through images of bodily transformation. This past year, I’ve had to reconcile many new, difficult emotions that I often struggle to put words to. Through the relationships I’ve built and lost this year, I’ve experienced that the self is greater than the individual. My art is lonely, and deeply personal, but I search for communication in a primal iconography of the body connected to abstract patterns of nature. My most recent series pictures a hybrid self extending beyond the body in the form of electrical discharges, that invisible yet ever-present connection with the larger body that is found in our relationships with others.
The 2021 Irwin Scholars are Abby McPhillips, Caroline Alfonso, Cassidy Skillman, Chloe Calhoun, Connor Alexander, Kalen Meeks, Klytie Xu, Louisa Balderas, Lucinda Gold, Saul Villegas, Sydney Geisinger, and Zoe Forsyth.