Dawn Renee received her B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, and has been working almost exclusively as a raku ceramic sculptor for over 25 years. Her work explores how smaller constituent forms become integral to something larger; how light and shadow caught and refracted by the individual components create movement within, and give form to, the larger integral work. She counts among her artistic influences the abstract expressionism of Louise Nevelson’s monochromatic wooden compositions, and the post minimalist sculptures of Eva Hesse.
Dawn’s earlier work focused on surface and texture, with the constituent forms working within the constraints of shallower dimensions. After learning the technique of naked raku, she found herself thinking about forms in greater dimensions: in curves and swells that rise break from the surface while articulating the flow of the larger whole. Over time, she developed a technique for integrating naked raku with traditional raku, becoming one of a dozen artists in the world currently using both techniques simultaneously in individual pieces.