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Ingrid Calame

American, b. 1965

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Ingrid Calame

American, b. 1965

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Driven by her desire to “know the world,” Ingrid Calame has been tracing the marks on its surface, turning them into intricately patterned paintings, drawings, prints, and murals, for nearly 20 years. As she explains: “the idea was that the whole surface of the world is a potential drawing. I can’t trace the whole world, so I’m tracing a fragment. I’m interested in how impossible it is for us to represent something as huge as the world.” Her tracings have taken her across the globe, to places like Seoul, South Korea, where she transcribed a badly weathered one-way sign. In a meticulous process, Calame and her team trace in situ, then layer the tracings and fill in their marks with colored pencil and pigment, forming abstract patterns that are, in fact, exact representations of the places she records.

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Biography

Driven by her desire to “know the world,” Ingrid Calame has been tracing the marks on its surface, turning them into intricately patterned paintings, drawings, prints, and murals, for nearly 20 years. As she explains: “the idea was that the whole surface of the world is a potential drawing. I can’t trace the whole world, so I’m tracing a fragment. I’m interested in how impossible it is for us to represent something as huge as the world.” Her tracings have taken her across the globe, to places like Seoul, South Korea, where she transcribed a badly weathered one-way sign. In a meticulous process, Calame and her team trace in situ, then layer the tracings and fill in their marks with colored pencil and pigment, forming abstract patterns that are, in fact, exact representations of the places she records.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial