Old Wood/New Life reflects Callard's connection to elders and landscape. Inspired by a drive through the American Southwest with her mother, her mentor, and her baby to visit her grandmother, Callard brought the feeling back to the Lexington studio. The memory of the red Oklahoma clay became the spots seen in this print. In the next layer, a rubbing from her cabin doorstep emerged as a veil of blue haze. The central image of the tree comes from a lively old tree in front of the gallery, but it also embodies the spirit of her elders.
Andrea Callard’s interdisciplinary cultural practice moves through fine art, communication media, education, and other areas of inquiry. Callard founded and directed Avocet in collaboration with Jolie Stahl. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Callard was an early leader and documentarian in the artists group COLAB. The Museum of the Chinese in America, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the New York Foundation for the Arts and many others have published or presented her work.