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Dawn Black

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

My gouache, watercolor, and ink drawings examine the nuanced sociological conceptions of power and identity by depicting scenes of carefully selected “ found” (being culled from various sources) concealed figures. I arrange these figures into narratives while keeping in mind mythmaking in general and mythologist Joseph Campbell’s conception of “monomyths”, universal myths with subtle cultural/regional variations. My work does not illustrate any specific myth but seeks to put current events within the terms of provocative cautionary tales whose characters’ ambiguous relationships become intertwined with the viewer’s own beliefs regarding the authentic and the covert.

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