Every once in a blue moon, an artist's story and aesthetic style will speak so closely to your soul, you create a life-long and unbreakable bond with it the moment it enters into your life. For me , the creations of the San Francisco based artist Calvin Ma do just that. Blurring the lines between sculpture and art toys, Calvin has embodied the personification of a childhood homebody turning to fantasy for escape and creative expression. As an artist with the very exact same introverted social difficulties myself, I can relate to Calvin and his narrative in true rare form. I cannot wait to see what else the imagination of Calvin has in store for the future.
"I utilize the action figure form in my sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, I face difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes my ability to function socially. Even as a child I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with my active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on. There was something about picking up your favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures that captivated me. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through my artwork."
Images Courtesy of [Calvin Ma]