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Art

Secrets

Art

Santiago Cal

  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Me As My Father As My Child"
  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Breathing"
  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Tierra! Tierra!"
  • Artwork by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Treasure Island"
  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Becoming White"
  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Foreigner"
  • Image of a sculpture by Santiago Cal, entitled, "Ooh La La"

The works presented in Prairie Schooner embody a spectrum of ideas and years of exploration, all of which pertain to my understanding of identity, observations of life, and importance of youth/innocence. I am often asked to explain why I depict so many children in my work. The reason is multi-faceted. My own childhood was exposed to the experience of third-world and first-world living, racial prejudices for having a White mother and Hispanic father, and having friends subjected to severe civil war violence. Yet I was protected by a sliver of land called British Honduras. This in conjunction with my work with institutionalized youth with psychological and behavioral disorders has shaped my interest in human resilience during this period of life.

I am a wood carver. Each piece is determined not only by my intention but the tree it is carved from. It is like having a conversation, sometimes fluid and sometimes halting. Although I impose my objective, the wood fights back with its grain and density; other times it seems unnaturally in unison. Regardless, I enjoy the process. It slows me down and brings reflection. The reflection adds to the work; it can be love, anger, regret, understanding, etc.

Secrets. Making these works allows me to share them and keep them.

Biography

Photo of Santiago Cal

Santiago Cal was born in Belize, Central America, on May 4, 1973. He received his B.F.A. in visual art from Kutztown University and his M.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. He has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (U.S.), Gruber-Jez Foundation (Mexico), and Poustinia Land Art Park (Belize). He is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he teaches sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History.