DAWN RENEE

April 1 - April 22, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday | April 1, 2016 | 4:00-8:00 pm

Dawn Renee

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. 

Rouge sur le Rouge Rouge sur le Rouge
Raku ceramic
2016
55 x 47 x 3.5 inches
 
Quand Je Souris au Soleil Quand Je Souris au Soleil
Raku ceramic
2016
44 x 56 x 3.5 inches
 
Squeeze II Squeeze II
Ceramic
8 x 2 x 2 inches
 
Hanging Garden II (Medium) Hanging Garden II (Medium)
Ceramic
84 x 0 inches
 
Towards Ness  Large Towards Ness - Large
Raku ceramic
 
De le Soleil De le Soleil
Raku ceramic
2016
96 x 38 x 3.5 inches
 
Foret Serein Foret Serein
Raku ceramic
2016
46 x 71 x 3.5 inches