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Sandra Dawson


1989 B.F.A. University of Illinois Chicago, IL
1983 Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
Lives and works in Chicago

Dawson's work will be familiar to those who have watched the Chicago scene over the last decade and a half. In her newest work, Dawson unites objects from the natural environment and autobiographical elements with surreal, dream-like imagery to create work of both physical and emotional depth and complexity. Layers of paint are etched, scratched and subtracted to create a history and to conjure memories.

Says Dawson, "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."

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Day Dream, oil and mixed media on panel, 18x18


Sky, oil and mixed media on panel, 20x20


Twister, oil and mixed media on panel, 24x18


Washed Ashore, oil and mixed media on panel, 22x18


Take the Night, oil and mixed media on panel, 24x18


Future Life, oil and mixed media on panel, 19x16


The Gift, oil and mixed media on panel, 18x26


Free Bird, oil and mixed media on panel, 18x20


This Land, oil and mixed media on panel, 20x20


Time Out, oil and mixed media on panel, 26x16


Upon a Time, oil and mixed media on panel, 24x14


Superstition, oil and mixed media on panel, 36x32



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