I COULD LIVE THERE: Low-Resource Sculptures of Dawn Stetzel
September 24 – October 29, 2016
Art Center Hours: Tues-Sat, 12 – 5 pm
- Reception | Thursday, September 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
- Brown Bag Art Talk | Thursday, October 6, 12 noon
- October CAW | Thursday, October 20, 4pm – 8pm
Dawn Stetzel exhibits large sculptures that explore sense of place, notions of home, and perceptions of safety. Stetzel’s sculptures depict a houseboat, wall-mounted backpack, and a house tent, among other found-object shelters.
These sculptures explore the fragile and teetering relationship between individuals and their communities. Stetzel constructs her art of low-resource materials specific to where she is, strengthening to ties between her art and the communities she belongs to. Along with the sculptures, Stetzel provides documentation throughout the exhibit, including videos of housetent and houseboat in action.
Stetzel describes her work:
“Within my human community I think about the give and take of support from and by individuals that it takes to hold a community together. I think about whom I relate to, or define as my community. In my recent sculptures I have been using the house as a metaphor for humans, a single house an individual, and a cluster of houses a community of people. This gives me the opportunity to explore the intangible, my feelings regarding a sense of community and my search to belong.”
Receiving her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Stetzel is a seasoned artist. Most recently, Stetzel was the resident artist for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has displayed her work in galleries across the country, including the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City, ArtSpace in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Ogle Gallery in Portland.
More information about Stetzel and her work can be found at www.dawnstetzel.com