Every artist needs an inspiration that can constantly fuel and push them to create. For sculptor Calvin Ma, it’s his social anxiety. As a child, Ma coped with his anxiety in situations with other people by shying away from social situations and playing with action figures at home. He believes that the act of playing with them coupled with his active imagination created an enthusiasm for the action figure that he has brought to an entirely new level as an adult. Calvin Ma’s creations are typically glazed ceramics that range from around eight to fifteen inches tall. One becomes more and more intrigued as they pay attention to the details of the sculpted action figures. With their pupil-less eyes, somber lips, long necks, and oversized heads the characters already stand out. However, with further inspection one will find that Ma has taken the term, “homebody” quite literally by giving the bodies of his figures house-like qualities such as old siding for skin, windows with figures peeking out of them on their foreheads, doors for bellies, and floppy, storybook roofs on the top of each head. See his work below!
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