PAMELA DODDS | Dreaming in Colour
Monday February 29th 2016 to Monday April 4th 2016
Dreaming in Colour – Montserrat Vistas, Atlantic Views
Relief prints on paper from tree bark fragments and wood grain
February 29 – April 3, 2016
Reception: Saturday March 12, 2-4pm. Artist in attendance
Artist Talk: Sunday April 3, 2pm
This series of prints is an homage to a mountain and a place where I had the good fortune to spend a couple of months a few years ago. It was a place that made me feel that I had come down where I was meant to be. Dreaming in Colour therefore refers to those moments in life when we suddenly feel that we belong there, that we have come down right – in a place, with a person, in what we are doing. It is an elusive feeling of ‘flow,’ of arriving.
During an artist residency in Catalonia, Spain, at the foot of Montserrat mountain, I happened upon the naturally formed bark fragments that fall from the trunk of the Plane (Platan) tree, ubiquitous in Spain. I was fascinated by these unique and individual forms that Nature had created. When slightly damp, the bark is pliable, strong, leather-like – ideal for printing on the press. The discovery evoked associations in my mind that resulted in several bodies of work, including this one. I gathered and inked the natural forms and printed them on paper in layered impressions.
Atlantic Views (window)
To me, the natural patterns of wood grain that we enjoy in things made from wood resemble the patterns of rippling water and atmosphere. I have prepared long plywood boards, inking and printing them with layers of colour onto Japanese paper to create an impression of sea and sky and weather. These prints are an excerpt from a larger body of work in progress.
Pamela Dodds is a visual artist and printmaker. She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, grew up in Toronto, and was transplanted south of the border to the USA as a teenager. She received an Honors B.A. in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA. She returned to Toronto in 2008.
Dodds’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the USA and Canada. She has received international residencies in Spain, England, USA and Québec. In 2008 she received the generous Individual Support grant from the Gottlieb Foundation, N.Y. She has also received support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Ontario Arts Council, among others. She was the 2008 Nick Novak Fellow and the 2013-14 Hexagon Fellow at Open Studio Printmaking Centre, Toronto, and a 2014 recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for feminist art. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England, The Boston Globe and The Globe and Mail, among others, and has been purchased for public collections such as Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Purdue University, Illinois; Boston Public Library, Massachusetts; The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, and is included in the collection of Carleton University, Ottawa and many private collections. She is a citizen of both the USA and Canada, and currently lives and works in Toronto.