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Instagram Takeover | Dana Caldera

Tune in to CAMH’s Instagram Stories as CAMHLAB artist-in-residence Dana Caldera gives insight into her practice and ongoing project, From Paper to Fabric.

About From Paper to Fabric

From Paper to Fabric is an expansion on her layered, collage-based artwork that explore ideas of sentimentality and materiality. Caldera approaches her found paper collages as if they were textiles, considering the paper as fiber and incorporating found textiles in her work. In this process, she removes the constraints of a traditional stretched canvas, wooden board, or paper backing to explore the intersection of quilt and collage. Over the course of her CAMHLAB residency at Montrose Collective, Caldera will use the studio space to construct large fabric works that explore this intersection in addition to hosting community sewing circle events, an important component of the work. In the work that is produced and its related public programs, From Paper to Fabric embraces the artist/caretaker role in order to model a family friendly environment that welcomes children and ensures they are safely included in all events. Learn more about the project here.

About the Artist

Dana Caldera is a mixed-media visual artist living and working in Houston, Texas. She earned her MFA in Studio Art in 2017 and currently teaches art at two local colleges. She is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Team member at CAMH. Caldera’s pieces combine found collage material, handmade paper, textiles, painting, and drawing into intricately layered compositions. Her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions in Texas, including the 2017 Texas National Show at Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches, the 2017 and 2018 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art Show at Williams Tower Gallery, and the 2016 and 2017 Rising Eyes of Texas Shows at Rockport Art Center. Notable jurors who have selected her work include Benito Huerta, Clint Willour, D.M. Allison, and Jose Esparza Chong Cuy. In 2019, her work was featured in Concrete & Adrift: On the Poverty Line, a group exhibition at the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana. In 2021, she presented her work in Are These Portraits?, a solo exhibition at The Silos at Sawyer Yards.


CAMHLAB is an ongoing artist-in-residence initiative that gives the Museum to artists and supports them working within, and in partnership with, CAMH to develop new work and ideas. Through both short-term residencies and long-term collaborations with artists, CAMHLAB offers critical and early-stage direct support of artists’ process and production of new work. CAMHLAB residencies seek to directly connect artists and audiences through unexpected and unforgettable experiences of contemporary art.