From an American lens spanning Hollywood’s Golden Age to present day, the artist is interested in how iconography is constantly recycled, reconfigured and perpetuated -- from the silver screen to a digital sphere. Furthermore, Calvi works with these depictions to consider how they serve as touchstones for identity creation and a collective memory.
In her photographs & videos, she merges autobiographical, intimate displays of subjectivity with staged visual depictions of women from cinema to explore the impact that collective cultural memories have on the psyche. In her writing, she merges pop culture references & female character archetypes with autobiographical narratives that vacillate between alignment and rejection. Calvi uses visual and verbal language to simultaneously expose the tension & pleasure in inhabiting identifiable roles for the self & the collective.
By referencing a Jungian shadow within the context of self-portraiture and consumer screens, Calvi positions herself within these mediums to encourage the creation of digital self-fiction for reflexive uses. Akin to transference in psychoanalysis she believes that image making and writing can be used as a surrogate to the therapist so that the plethora of content creators can better see and understand themselves, including their shadows.