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Dawn Black
updated: 06/06/2010
website: www.dawnblack.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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the gentleman dragon
the snake and the rising of the stag
tender negotiations
lick the lust
siren's song
the fugitive mama
redoublement
foreign aid
the brother mujahideen for RaHoWa
the quarrelsome shepherds
the nightmare
conceal project
conceal project #011
conceal project #108
conceal project #133
 
Portfolio Keywords:  identity, political, social criticism, narrative, figurative
 
 
the gentleman dragon by Dawn Black
the gentleman dragon
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
22 " x  33 " 
the snake and the rising of the stag by Dawn Black
the snake and the rising of the stag
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
30 " x  44 " 
tender negotiations by Dawn Black
tender negotiations
Gouache, Watercolor, and Ink on Paper
2010
30 " x  44 " 
lick the lust by Dawn Black
lick the lust
Gouache, Watercolor, and Ink on Paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
siren's song by Dawn Black
siren's song
Gouache, Ink, & Watercolor on Paper
2010
50 " x  74 " 
the fugitive mama by Dawn Black
the fugitive mama
Gouache, Watercolor, and Ink on Paper
2010
30 " x  40 " 
redoublement by Dawn Black
redoublement
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
27 " x  40 " 
foreign aid by Dawn Black
foreign aid
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2009
15" x  22" 
the brother mujahideen for RaHoWa by Dawn Black
the brother mujahideen for RaHoWa
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
17 " x  17 " 
the quarrelsome shepherds by Dawn Black
the quarrelsome shepherds
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2009
15 " x  17 " 
the nightmare by Dawn Black
the nightmare
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
11 " x  17 " 
conceal project by Dawn Black
conceal project
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper (as pictured 91 drawings)
2008 - present
Dimensions variable
conceal project #011 by Dawn Black
conceal project #011
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2008
7.5 " x  5.5 " 
conceal project #108 by Dawn Black
conceal project #108
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2009
7.5 " x  5.5 " 
conceal project #133 by Dawn Black
conceal project #133
gouache, ink, & watercolor on paper
2010
7.5 " x  5.5 " 

Artist Statement

My drawings explore my own mania regarding “authentic” identity and of society’s at large by depicting scenes of figures meticulously drawn in gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper. These figures are all "found", being culled from the Internet and various periodicals.  Selecting real figures from the past and present and then arranging those figures into a single composition has the effect of condensing time and is influenced by the ideas of mythologist, Joseph Campbell.  Particularly Campbell’s conception of “monomyths”, universal myths found throughout the world with slight cultural variations (such as the hero myth or the myth of the flood).  The hero is one of the numerous archetypes (meaning a universal figure, such as a “hero” or a “mother”) that I use in my paintings to describe universal truths regarding one’s identity and the nuanced relationships of various identities within society.  The figure’s ambiguous relationships then become intertwined with the viewer’s personal beliefs regarding the authentic and the covert, the formidable and the meek, the sincere and the false witness and are intended to invoke the aura of a universal myth or a cautionary tale while exploring, satirizing, and critiquing current events and social conventions.

Another ongoing body of work is the Conceal Project, which is an array of persons whose concealments vastly range from masquerade to disfigurement.  Conceived as a cataloging of universal characters or archetypes, the project currently comprises 160 such figures (each drawn on a piece of 7½” x 5½” paper) and I am continuing to add more. Figures from the Conceal Project are often seen in my narrative paintings mentioned above.

Artist Bio / CV
Dawn Black was born in Louisiana where she received a BFA (1997) from Louisiana State University.  She earned both MA (2000) and MFA (2001) from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History.  Black has been teaching painting and drawing at the University and Community College level since 1999.  She recently relocated from San Francisco, California by way of  Durham, North Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her husband, Andrew, and dog, Newt.