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Calef fearlessly addresses political issues with humor. Juxtaposing people and places, adding colorful details, including sculpture, fabric and found objects, she highlights the madness of our society.
Another Day at the Office, oil, sculpture, fabric, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 36"
newspaper clippings chronicling September 11, 2001 cover the floor and walls. Final
article completed painting in 2011 when Bin Laden was killed.
The tranquil and panoramic hot-tub setting, where the characters privately
luxuriate, is in stark contrast to the provisions of the Patriot Act, which seductively
diminishes our fundamental liberties.
Anna Nicole Smith is more important to the networks than Katrina;
while Scooter Libby becomes flotsam of the administration’s continuing ride on the back
of the military industrial complex right over the American people.
Cafe Four-Twenty oil, sculpture, wood, fabric, found objects, paper on canvas 40" x 30" x 4"
CNN oil on canvas 36 " x 48"
The costume party rages on as tanks come over the bridge. The crowd is
sprinkled with those prepared for the carnival of war.
American Dream oil on canvas 48" x 36"
Boehner clubs the people, freeing them of their money which is spun
through politics and handed back into the aggressor's possession.
Obama hovers of the middle east map, navigating through troubled water.
No Free Lunch oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 48" x 48"
The near future of commercial travel is highlighted: advertisements blare on the
overhead compartments, while the air hostess sells oxygen, toilet paper and water.
Bernie Madoff sits beside a woman studying up on his corruption in Madoff Gate.
Amnesty oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 36" x 48"
Encircled by Homeland Security fences, the diverse crop of citizen-seekers wait
patiently at the immigration lawyer’s office.
The Statue of Liberty is on trial, while the historical figures in the gallery
represent good and evil, from Clarence Darrow, Thurgood Marshall, Gandhi, Dalai Lama,
Abraham Lincoln, to Nixon, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Bin Laden, Sadam Hussein, among others.
Looking Up oil, sculpture, fabric, paper, found objects on canvas 48" x 36"
The stock exchange in all its madness, highlighting our culture's relationship to money.
Pile Of . . . oil, wire, paper on canvas 24" x 30"
The Bush regime is depicted in the naked pile, while Abu Zubaydah,
one of the terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay, is leaning on Cheney's heart machine,
obviously his moralless substitution for a heart.
Modern Deluge oil on canvas 40 " x 30"
"Nancy Calef, out of San Francisco, gives us Modern Deluge, The big, rough oil shows cartoon characters like
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Condi, and John Ashcroft sitting together while Laura gazes, stoned and fawn-like,
at her husband at his desk. Behind her husband's George Bush mask is Osama bin Laden; from his belly
protrudes Dick Cheney's face like an evil Siamese twin on X-Files. Over the Capitol's sky- line float
Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson, while Tyco, MCI and WorldCom go unnoticed. It's a nicely naïf
(and beautifully bitter) painting; it's Grandma Moses with a subscription to Covert Action Information Quarterly."
Rebecca Schoenkopf OC Weekly 2004
Review of Monkey Business -- POTUS - Koo's Art Gallery
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Elephant in the Room, oil, sculpture, paper, fabric, found objects on canvas, 48" x 60"
The Ref oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas, 36" x 48"
Nature looks on as earth battles man. The audience is peppered with influential environmental
War Room, oil, paper, plastic on canvas, 24" x 30"
Manipulative powers, while silencing other opinions, control our involvement in war not taking into
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