Virginia Dotson | Sunlight (#4)
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist In the Studio|
Virginia Dotson's work has been exhibited at the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile, Alabama, the University Art Collection at Arizona State University and the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Her work has attracted the attention of Woodturning Magazine and Woodwork Magazine. In 1993, her bowls were on display in Munich, Germany. Dotson's art has been seen throughout Europe on a tour sponsored by the USIA.
She attended the School of Art at Arizona State University, Tempe, and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
I am intrigued by the features of the Southwestern landscape, and what they reveal about the past: traces of the sea which once covered the land...chronological arrangements of rock layers in many colors...changing compositions of light and shadow...and the cross-bedding lines left in sandstone by ancient winds. The layered patterns change over time as wind and water shape the surfaces.
My laminated wood vessels are an expression of these landscape images. I shape the layered wood to reveal compositions of patterns which change as I work, and change again with the observer's perspective.
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?
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