8. URI Library, 80 Washington Street

Matriarchs and Goddesses of the Modern Era, by Donna Dodson

Donna Dodson’s wooden sculptures celebrate the “mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.” Lined up along the Washington Street windows of the URI library will be towering animal headed figures of the female form. The natural grain of the wood creates a fluid sense of motion within the piece.

Donna has also collaborated with Charlanne Kallay, who is producing works of poetry related to this series.
About this artistic collaboration, Dodson says, "I am exploring the dignity and complexity of feminine archetypes. Collaboration allows me to see my work through someone else's eyes. What started from an email exchange has grown into a very long conversation about all my pieces. Charlane will be perfoming her poetry outside this art window at the opening reception, Septemebr 18th, from 6:30-7 PM.

About the Artist

Donna Dodson graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts. Her pre-med studies and her passion for Egyptian art led her to study wood sculpture with Joseph Wheelwright at his studio in Boston in 1995. She continued her studies in sculpture with Peter Haines at his studio in Cambridge by learning how to abstract and resolve forms. Since 2000, Dodson has been honored with solo shows in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Kansas and Massachusetts and she has been invited to participate or juried into many group shows around the country. Dodson enjoys public speaking, and has been a guest speaker in conferences, panels and forums at the Boston Public Library, Pittsburg State University, Cambridge Art Association, Concord Art Association, Wellesley College and Stonehill College. She is a member of the International Sculpture Center, National Association of Women Artists and the Women’s Caucus for Art. In May 2007 she started the Art Salon Boston at her studio in Jamaica Plain to meet artists of all disciplines and host monthly conversations on topics of interest to artists in Boston and beyond.

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