This blog features Dawn Hunter’s original, creative project about the life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Since 2014, she has immersed Cajal in "neuron narratives," connecting him to seminal influences from his youth that led to his perception of the neuron as an individual unit, like his literary hero, Don Quixote. References to the verbal and visual content of her work should include appropriate citations. Dawn is the 2017 Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to the Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Personified Doubles and Complementary Opposites
Aug 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
DCCA Beckler Family Members’ Gallery
Dawn Hunter’s paintings reveal a vivid cast of costumed characters enacting dreamlike scenarios in lush landscapes. Reminiscent of the films of the Italian director Federico Fellini, Hunter’s works combine nature, fantasy, and baroque imagery to intense psychological effect. Inspired by the Italian Baroque painter Giovanni Mannozzi’s painted female personifications of dusk and dawn, Hunter visualizes such themes of duality and contrast in her archetypal representations of men and women.
Hunter states, “Female stereotypes are constructed as balanced compositions of archetypes and prototypes, thus creating a compelling connection between that which resonates with our cultural identity and that which advertisers encourage us to pursue.” Sourcing mass-produced images of fashion models found in magazine advertisements, the artist uses these as the basis for the figures in her paintings. In this way, Dawn Hunter frames a new subjective narrative by appropriating the stereotypical models from their commercial context and recasting them in powerful, atypical roles.
-Maiza Hixson Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
Below are highlights from my exhibition at the Delaware Contemporary Art Center held during the fall of 2014.