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Dawn Saunders Dahl
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College / University
Alberta College of Art and Design
Program / Degree
Painting and Ceramics
May 1, 1998
Member type
Artist, Art Fair, Curator, Non-Profit, Producer
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
About my artwork
Surreal Works and Sparkle Paintings
“Humans, like magpies, are attracted to things that sparkle. The spark is the prime mover, the thing that gets things started. Universes, prairie fires, unstoppable revolutions and passionate loves are ignited by sparks but no one is quite sure how the cosmic spark plug works.” Guy Browning

Our world is overloaded with imagery, and we are left with little time to evaluate and digest our surroundings. These works decipher my perception of what it was like to be a child living in the 70’s, surrounded by visions of glittery costumes on TV, the sparkle on the candy wrappers I collected and the crazy outfits that Barbie wore. By incorporating compositions inspired by the 60’s abstract and pop art icons such as Mark Rothko, Morris Louis and Jasper Johns, with the glittery fantasy world that I wished I could have lived in, these “glittery field paintings” evoke a playground filled with childhood memories, mystery and dreams.

We are visual people and communicate through expression, gesture and perceive emotion through color and line. My artwork creates my own record of my passage through place and time. My paintings and drawings portray an extraordinary intimacy and rich reference to our present, our history and for Canadian portraiture in the 21st century.

Alberta Farm Women Project
Alberta Farm Women is a preview of the exhibit that will be shown at the Red Deer and District Museum in 2009 that will combine the documentary genres of photography, video and sound recording, and portraiture.

Agriculture is a vital industry to our province and rural women have been indispensable to its development. Alberta Farm Women commemorates and documents the present time by examining current rural culture, its presence in Alberta and the determination of its unique rural women. These women met opportunity with passion and faced their challenges with initiative and the unwavering desire to build something better for their families and community. This exhibit shows the hardships and stresses that have become reflected in their hands, faces and language to show a sense of the immediate and the actual, of these women’s perceptions and realities, and of life unfolding as it really is. By focusing my practice on these role models, and acknowledging their influence on my own experience, I strive to create an awareness of their courage and strength. My aim is to capture the small gestures, quirks, glances and fleeting moments, which are reflective of their daily lives, commemorating and documenting the present time.
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Centre of the artworld:
New York, London, LA, Berlin, Beijing, my studio, nowhere and everywhere

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At 6:39 on September 8, 2010, N.S.VALLUVAN said…
At 1:49 on December 6, 2009, Terry said…
I absolutely love your statement. Very inspirational!
At 9:47 on November 30, 2009, Rossello Damiano said…


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