Meticulously crafted ceramic sculptures utilizing the action figure form to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety, while referencing pop culture in the form of recognizable vehicles. Growing up reserved and apprehensive, Calvin turned to toys to keep himself entertained and his active imagination helped establish his passion for creating stories and adventures that captivated him.
My work draws inspiration from the toys and action figures I had growing up. As an introverted and socially awkward kid, the plastic heroes, villains and their vehicles helped me cope with my inability to socialize. They served as an escape for me and soon became a passion. Now, as an introverted and socially awkward adult, I create artwork that reflects on the struggles I have with social anxiety. Those toys have become a visual reference in my work and in a way, still help me cope. 'Homebodies: Recollective' is a continuation of the series I’ve been working on, but incorporates pop culture related vehicles. Movies and cartoons were also welcome distractions growing up, so I thought it would be interesting to pair more recognizable elements with my work.
Calvin Ma is a ceramic sculptor based in San Francisco, California.