When I was in New Mexico a few weeks ago, I enjoyed an afternoon exploring Madrid, a small town and artistic outpost about 25 miles south of Santa Fe on The Turquoise Trail (NM Highway 14). There are numerous galleries and interesting shops along the main road, and a walk through town gave me plenty to see. I was checking out the art inside Range West Gallery when I noticed and was entranced by these small paintings by Carla Caletti. At left is “Winter Bird,” 8 x 4.5 inch acrylic, wax and paper on panel; at right is “Weaving a Super Hero,” 8 x 4/5 inch acrylic, wax, string and paper.
A chat with the gallerist gave me this information: “Her studio is right up the road; follow the curve and look for a sign that simply reads ‘Art.’” I thanked her and followed those instructions, and to my pleasant surprise, not only was Ms. Caletti’s studio open, but I had a chance to meet the artist and have a nice conversation while looking at even more great paintings! Below you can see both the sign marking her location as well as a large-scale painting mounted to the exterior of the building near the entrance.
Her art studio includes a gallery space, so there was plenty to see. While she had numerous large works installed throughout the space, I found myself drawn to this collection of small paintings (below) that were the same size and format as the ones I saw at Range West. A statement on her website gives a good introduction to this work:
“Art is a language I use to articulate the less rational and more mysterious realms of being human. An exploration of the inner landscape and worlds real and imagined, are inherent in my process. The abstracted figures in my paintings act as a cross between superheroes and totemic beings, guardians that bridge the seen and unseen. They surface in some ways without my knowing; slipping in through the cracks.”
One pleasant surprise that came from my conversation with the artist is that she’ll be part of an exhibition in New York City later this summer at the Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side. I’ll try to get more information on that as it gets closer to the opening date of August 12th and post a follow-up.
For more information on Carla Caletti, check out her website here and see more of her work @carlacalettiart on Instagram.