Addington Gallery will feature the powerful work of New York artist Joseph Haske and the new, evocative paintings by Chicago artist Sandra Dawson for their September season-opening exhibitions.
Sandra Dawson unites objects from the natural environment and autobiographical elements with symbolic imagery and text from past and present cultures in her paintings. Layers of paint are etched, scratched and subtracted to convey depth and to conjure memories. Pattern, movement and form are all essential components, which balance the dynamic of each piece.
Dawson's often figurative imagery seems to sample equally from art historical portrature, children's fantasy generes, and ancient mythology. Archetypes, icons and mythical figures share space with childlike scrawls, poetry and graphic images. Interwoven, these elements convey a multilayered content embedded in a sensuous surface. Dawson combines techniques and materials including acrylic and oil paint, photographs, sheetrock, objects from nature, glass, gold and silver leaf.
"My work evolves from an observation of our natural world, our social circles and our internal psyche. In my work I weave images from past cultures, myths and folklore along with symbolic elements of modern life. I paint intuitively and playfully employing various mediums along the way. I consider my work an observation, meditation and celebration of life."