Calderon-Gomez’s latest solo exhibition shows her adeptness at dealing with the tumultuousness of present times, transforming darkness into bold, glimmering images of women. Many of her paintings were inspired by the Women’s Marches that took place in the wake of the year’s presidential inauguration. They portray women cast against a stark gray background with elaborate golden-leafed headdresses evoking a sense of stateliness and royalty. The contrast is evocative.
“I feel like women today have to deal with so much misogyny and adversity,” she said. “To me, I feel every women should feel appreciated for our true strength.”
The women of Calderon-Gomez’s ancestry - most notably her mother and paternal grandmother- play a core role in her artmaking. Their hardship and tribulations as well as their perseverance and triumph, the way that they moved through the world, provide endless inspiration.
Written by Catherine Brozena for Oakland Magazine, November 2017
Lark Calderon-Gomez was born and raised in California where she fell in love with oil painting when she was seven. Her mother, a gifted artist, started teaching her at that time. She was twenty years old when she landed her first professional work as an illustrator for a book on magic illusions published by Pearson/Simmel Press. She went on to work in animation for award-winning MetroLight Studios in LA. She worked under award-winning digital effects artist, Mark A. Lassoff. They worked in the 2D division called, MetroCel, where Lark painted cels on Ren & Stimpy and Beavis & Butthead, respectively.
Art Website: calderon-gomez.com