Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Here are some highlights from my studio and sketchbook from 2014 and an appropriate poem to accompany them.  

Happy New Year!

Sketch—New Year's Day, 1790 by Robert Burns

THIS day, Time winds th' exhausted chain;
To run the twelvemonth's length again:
I see, the old bald-pated fellow,
With ardent eyes, complexion sallow,
Adjust the unimpair'd machine,
To wheel the equal, dull routine.

The absent lover, minor heir,
In vain assail him with their prayer;
Deaf as my friend, he sees them press,
Nor makes the hour one moment less,
Will you (the Major's with the hounds,
The happy tenants share his rounds;
Coila's fair Rachel's care to-day,
And blooming Keith's engaged with Gray)
From housewife cares a minute borrow,
(That grandchild's cap will do to-morrow,)
And join with me a-moralizing;
This day's propitious to be wise in.

First, what did yesternight deliver?
“Another year has gone for ever.”
And what is this day's strong suggestion?
“The passing moment's all we rest on!”
Rest on—for what? what do we here?
Or why regard the passing year?
Will Time, amus'd with proverb'd lore,
Add to our date one minute more?
A few days may—a few years must—
Repose us in the silent dust.
Then, is it wise to damp our bliss?
Yes—all such reasonings are amiss!
The voice of Nature loudly cries,
And many a message from the skies,
That something in us never dies:
That on his frail, uncertain state,
Hang matters of eternal weight:
That future life in worlds unknown
Must take its hue from this alone;
Whether as heavenly glory bright,
Or dark as Misery's woeful night.

Since then, my honour'd first of friends,
On this poor being all depends,
Let us th' important now employ,
And live as those who never die.
Tho' you, with days and honours crown'd,
Witness that filial circle round,
(A sight life's sorrows to repulse,
A sight pale Envy to convulse),
Others now claim your chief regard;
Yourself, you wait your bright reward.


Personified Doubles and Complementary Opposites

Exhibit Dates: 
 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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Daily Mantra

Its all about the line all of the time.

Some details from a work in progress below:

It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the closer I get the more differently I see.
- Alberto Giacometti

Monday, December 29, 2014

Photos from my exhibition at the University of West Georgia

Exhibition statement:

"Dawn Hunter is primarily known for creating socio and political artworks that often address women's issues within contemporary culture.  The exhibition "Immediate Observations" highlights an important thread within and which is an integral part of the artist's studio practice:  drawings and paintings done from direct observation.  These works are straight forward and inspired from the artist's daily interaction with her immediate environment; like an arrangement of toys in her daughter's bedroom or a landscape location that is noticed during a walk to work.  Works in the show are comprised of sketchbook entries and long term, large scale paintings and drawings." 

The exhibition was held from October 23-December 4, 2014.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

At work on a special commission...

I usually do not accept commission work.  Commissions are an interesting tight rope as they are a fusion of the vision of someone else, the intended recipient, and personal artistic practice.  This one is going well so far.

Final work in progress.

Preliminary sketch.

With a circus mind that's running around
Butterflies and zebras, and moonbeams and fairy tales
That's all she ever thinks about, riding with the wind

- Jimi Hendrix