I was fortunate to be able to view Contradistinct while it physically hung in our gallery. Dawn Gilmore’s artworks are very personal, full of emotion and color. They reveal an expression of herself and her relationship with the world. She does acrylic paintings on Plexiglas, conte crayon and charcoal drawings on Strathmore 400 series drawing paper, photography, and construction. The first 3 were represented in this exhibit.
Dawn uses the creative process as a way to work through personal problems and feelings.
She states “My paintings tend to deal with relationships ranging from crushes, falling in love, to break-ups, while others are about loneliness, longing, and changes in life.” The small acrylics are vivacious and colorful while her large paintings have an African Art feel about them. She uses plexiglas as her substrate because she loves the effect, never really liking canvas.
Her conte crayon and charcoal drawings of faces, on the other hand, are dark and brooding. “My drawings are all self-portraits about identity and the struggle to feel comfortable in ones own skin”. She is currently moving into using color conte crayons, experimenting with the emotional effects she can produce.
The series of photographs, shot with a Pentax K-X digital SLR camera, is the most fun and spontaneous form of expression that she chooses to use. Each image is something that she had the pleasure of stumbling upon, exploring, and then shooting up close in natural lighting. Some photographs make you look twice to discover exactly what the image contains.
“I’m really a quite shy person but I love to create work that is bright with color that is ‘in your face’!”
She attended DuCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, New Jersey Majoring in Fine Art, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey where she majored in Electronic Filmmaking and Digital Video Design Documentary-Feature-Corporate Track.
She has exhibited at the Ceres Gallery, New York, New York, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, New Jersey, Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, New Jersey, Arts Guild, Rahway, New Jersey and has done window displays for Gallery U, Red Bank, New Jersey and for the Juror/Window: The No Show – Show / No Lines, Art Alliance, Red Bank, New Jersey.