The paintings of Calida Rawles merge hyperrealism with poetic abstraction. Ranging from buoyant and ebullient to submerged and mysterious, her recent work uses water as a vital, organic, multifaceted material: Black bodies float in exquisitely rendered submarine landscapes of bubbles, ripples, refracted light, and expanses of blue. For Rawles, water signifies both physical and spiritual healing as well as historical trauma and racial exclusion. Photo: Glen Wilson, courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin
Leaps of Faith: A Conversation with Jordan Casteel and Calida Rawles
For her guest-edited section in the Winter 2022 Gagosian Quarterly, “Black to Black,” Roxane Gay speaks with Jordan Casteel and Calida Rawles about the nature of success, the intricacies of care, and how they each envision their practice.