Dawn  Brennan - Artist
Over the years I have made art in many ways and in many kinds of media—oil painting, graphite drawing, watercolor, charcoal, and most recently acrylic painting and ceramic sculpture. I change according to the limits and possibilities of the medium, and, being always interested in skill-building, I have stepped up to certain challenges that take me in unfamiliar directions.
My one consistent life goal is to discover the truth about the seen world, and to understand how the eye, hand and medium bring that discovery about.
Themes that recur in my work include loss, self delusion, gender roles, and the artificiality of idealization.
In that last few years I have been making fantasy landscapes based loosely on science fiction and the American West—spaces empty and eternal, a product of the human mind, but also a realm beyond it.
I have discovered ceramic sculpture recently, and have been surprised, indeed shocked, at how different it is from 2D--like experiencing the world as a Möbius strip. In addition to studying the human head in three dimensions, I’ve been doing a series of small figures that express movement, gesture and tension. Like some of my paintings, these figures evoke plant, rock and human forms.

Pictured: "The Towers of Trasch," oil, 16" x 20"