The Baltimore Jewelry Center will host Women, I Know an exhibition of works by Angela Caldwell that juxtaposes heirloom textiles and contemporary metalwork. Women, I Know will be on view in the BJC’s gallery in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District (10 E. North Ave.) from May 26 – July 7, 2023 with an opening reception and a pop-up trunk show with the artist on Friday, May 26th from 5 to 8pm. This event is free and open to the public.
The body of work in Women, I Know calls attention to crafts that have been deemed feminine, like quilting and needlepoint, to highlight the ways in which women have utilized these traditions to build collective strength and prompt action in response to social issues. Caldwell transforms heirloom textiles like aprons and quilts into wearable and armor-like compositions, creating works that embody the fierce spirit of women. By specifically deconstructing and reinterpreting the quilt, Caldwell commemorates the women of her past, carrying their emotions and support with her as she faces each day. Blending her experiences with those she imagines for her foremothers, she reveals the previous makers’ central roles in shaping her own female identity. Through incorporation of her own contemporary jewelry-making practices and materials, like powder coating and metallic thread, Caldwell positions her modern voice in conversation with this rich history of makers.
“The Baltimore Jewelry Center features one of the few art jewelry galleries in the Mid-Atlantic. Our exhibition program exposes the larger public to contemporary and traditional metal arts, and acts as a platform to promote and sell the work of local artists and national artists in the metalsmithing field,” said Shane Prada, Director. “We’re excited to be able to showcase Angela’s work which is not only highlighting contemporary jewelry making, but also contemporary and historical textiles. Creating a unique dialogue between these two crafting traditions. ”