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Tonia Calderon also lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work often uses infinite structures and surfaces that force the viewer to ask questions, feel and reflect. They’re inspired by the personal life experiences, relationships, and the multicultural background of the artist, who has Mexican, Dutch, Indonesian, and Chinese ancestors. The collectors of her art include famous musicians like Alicia Keys, Dr. Dre, and Lady Gaga.
Tonia was particularly impressed by the symmetry in the pattern of the aerodynamic wheel: “There’s something eloquent about it that highlights the contrasts together, the soft, rounded lines next to the hard lines, the light and the dark – it’s like life.”
She began by working out the existing pattern on a piece of matte paper with a photo of the rim and highlighting the existing shapes. “I wanted to add a dimensional layer without disturbing the art that was the original design,” Tonia says.