The Backyard Bus Residency

Jessica Caldas

'After the Honeymoon is Over' A piece by Jessica Caldas (imaged pulled from New Castle Herald)


"What I'm going to be building from the statistics is a series of paper-based murals," she says. "I'll print on paper and slap them on a wall. There's a connection between the work and political activism and advocacy that's been a long tradition in street art.”


Jessica Caldas used her 2014 residency The Backyard Bus residency, established by Emma Cother, in Newcastle Australia to understand the issues surrounding domestic violence. She created public artworks in different spaces around the city using data collected from support organisations for victims. Printmaking using a wallpaper motif. Public artworks in different spaces around the city using data collected from support organisations for victims.


She met domestic violence survivor and Newcastle's 2014 Woman of the Year Helen Cummings who wrote the book, Blood Vows. It details the six years of emotional abuse she endured while married to Hunter doctor Stuart Wynter. Wynter went on to murder his second wife and their toddler daughter before killing himself. Caldas also uses quotes from Cummings book, Blood Vows.


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