DAWN NIELSON

A R T I S T

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I am curious how people think and behave. As an artist I gravitate toward work that exemplifies human thought and behavior. I find this topic has many layers and possesses its own concoction of biological, psychological and social elements that make up who we are. These components each contain wonderment with a splash of familiarity not only within oneself, but when experienced or viewed in other people. Art and the process of art-making allows these components to show themselves through visual storytelling. Whether figurative or abstract my paintings, sculptures, and photography, emanate an uncommon composition grounded with an element of close association. Creating artwork that exemplifies human thought and behavior, or what it’s like to live the life of a human being, is my attempt in connecting with others in that we are not alone in our life situations.

 

Exploring the genre of encaustic wax became a way of encasing transparent and opaque layers of textures and imagery as a vehicle for my voice. After surviving breast cancer, I earned my Bachelors of Fine Art degree in General Fine Arts with a focus in painting and sculpture from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, OR, while taking psychology and art therapy courses at Marylhurst University (MU). The textural qualities of encaustic wax allow me to work as both painter and sculptor as the infusion of biological, psychological and social elements influence my art-making.