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Erin Donaldson

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Smithsonian

Birthplace
Detroit, MI

Birth year
1980

Lives in
Diamond Bar, CA

Tags
figurative, printmaking/etching realism, printmaking mixed-media

Statement

I am an anaplastologist - a facial prosthetist. I create small portraits for people to wear. In this field, I work with both soldiers and civilians who have facial differences, and struggle to be accepted by society. The public has been taught to be afraid of disfigurement. I have seen several polarizing art exhibits about disability, inviting the public to feel sorry for the subject, or to stare. We assume their disfigurement will alienate them from society until or unless they are ‘fixed.’ So how do we change the way the public views disfigurement? We need to show something in common with the subject. So I cannot make a single portrait, and expect the public to think my subject is as beautiful as an antique Roman marble – like I do. I need to show the subject in an environment, create a sense of time, and show relationships with other people. I have to create a story to make a portrait, so the viewer can see what is hidden behind a face. A friend, David Roche, wrote:

The artist is charged with the responsibility of providing images and metaphors that counteract those which weaken the human spirit.

I read it each time I begin to create.

 

Recent Exhibits

Erin Donaldson participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2009 Beauty: Skin Deep?
Boston College
 
Sep, 2008 Art at the X
Xavier University Art Gallery
 
Aug, 2008 LUC Print Biennial IV
Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University
 
Jul, 2008 19th Annual International Juried Exhibition
Viridian Artists
 
Exhibited with these artists
Erin Donaldson has Exhibited with these artists:

Doug Auld Steve Lobel
Soojin Cha Hye Yeon Nam
Exhibited at these venues
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