AGI Open Rotterdam


Sigrid Calon (NL)


The work of Sigrid Calon (1969) navigates between autonomous and applied art. As an artist she has set her own goalposts somewhere between art, design and graphic design. Characteristic for Calon are intuition, ratio and playfulness. She is searching for wonder and gets inspiration out of the everyday things that surround her. Her work appears fresh, new and modernistic.

Sigrid Calon was born in Den Bosch, raised in Eindhoven and lives and works in Tilburg, where she studied textile design at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (Academy of Fine Arts). After years of experience in the world of design, she focused entirely on artistry from 2005 onwards. In search of the quality and control of an autonomous image, she developed a unique point of view and personal signature in the following years.

Apart from the love for textile, research and the experiment are Calon’s most important motives.

Calon feels connected to the original design aesthetics of Dutch Design: minimalistic, experimental, innovative, unconventional and with a sense of humor. Getting acquainted with the work of Mondriaan during her school years, this also has been of great influence in her way of working. Her first book consisted of 120 ‘compositions’, in which she was seeking a balance between colour, shape and clarity. Calon is looking for the essence and is developing an own and recognizable style, a visual language, in which she plays with shape and color within the grid or framework. In this way, she investigates the possibilities of ‘intuitive communication’.

Her first book To the Extend of / \ | & - has led to Calon’s international break-through in 2012. The book and eponymous riso prints have taken her to Art Book Fairs in Milan, Basel, Los Angeles and New York, to institutes such as the MoMa, Victoria & Albert Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, but also to libraries, institutes and private enthusiasts. It resulted in remarkable partnerships within the world of design; Swatch, Unliqo and Forbo. In 2018 she got commissioned for a huge light installation in an Amsterdam shopping mall. Recently she was invited to make site specific installation at the prestigious De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in the Netherlands.

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