Anita Dawson"
"Emblematic Objects"

26 January - 30 May 2013

Ohio Artist Shows at Washington and Lee University

Anita Dawson is an artist with obsessions: ¬†“I love still life and I love objects. My studio shelves are crowded with¬† taxidermied birds and fishes, early 20th century toys, plastic frogs, Chinese bowls, interesting rocks which were found while traveling yearly on research trips to Italy, at estate sales, or in the street.”

Momentary pleasures and eternal truths are represented in her paintings; strangeness and delight are the motivating force in her selection of subject matter, and the reflection of life as she sees it. In her body of work, she hopes the viewer will see the physicality of paint, the drama of chiaroscuro, intense color and spatial relationships, all placed in a formal, even emblematic arrangement. These elements interweave various levels of illusion and reality to create a charged emotional atmosphere. There is both comedy and serious intent in the odd juxtapositions that reflect our contemporary environment, one that is both transcendent and mundane. At the heart of her work is a belief that life-affirming universal truths can be found in these juxtapositions.


A solo exhibition of Dawson’s paintings, “Emblematic Objects” can be seen from January 26 to May 30, 2013 at the McCarthy Gallery on the Washington and Lee University campus in Lexington, Virginia. Ms. Dawson teaches drawing and painting at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus Ohio.


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