DAWN WILLIAMS BOYD​:                    ABOUT THE ARTIST 
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  • I was born in Neptune, NJ; I was reared in Atlanta, GA.

  • I am Piscean.

  • I am the elder child of two elder children.

  • I have one sibling.

  • My parents were educators in the Atlanta Public School system.

  • I attended local parochial elementary and high schools.

  • My family attended West Hunter Street Baptist Church when it was on West Hunter Street.

  • I earned my BFA (studio) from Stephens College, Columbia, MO. in 1974.

  • I'm married to an artist.

  • We moved from Denver, CO back to Atlanta in 2010.

  • We have three smart, well-spoken, talented, beautiful children and  four grandchildren.

  • I retired from my job with a major air carrier in 2009.

  • I have been active in three Black visual artists collectives - ULOZI and Sankofa Art Collective in Denver, CO (1989 -2010) and AAFTA - African Americans for the Arts (2011 - present) in Atlanta, GA

  • I am represented by Fort Gansevoort Gallery (NYC/LAX).

 ARTIST STATEMENT

 

Six decades after clothing my dolls with the remnants on my mother’s sewing room floor, I create ‘cloth paintings’ with fabrics garnered from myriad sources, to tell the stories of my times, my country and my people. My artwork reflects my interest in American history as it affects and is affected by its African American citizens, particularly as seen through the eyes of women and children.

My work is occasionally humorous and warm hearted. It can bring back memories of more peaceful, happier times. More often it is controversial, forceful, bitter and heart wrenching. My artwork portrays the history and culture of this country from the perspective of the ‘other’ - the oppressed, the abused and the disenfranchised. My most recent work considers how U.S. politicos are influencing the human condition well beyond our country's physical borders.

My ‘cloth paintings’ are large scale, vividly colored, richly textured and celebrate the human form. I use appliqué and piecing methods to sew scraps of fabric together. Machine stitches, hand embroidery, beads, sequins, cowrie shells, laces, silk ribbons, buttons, and occasionally, acrylic paints are added to embellish the surfaces. Each piece is drawn repeatedly over a seven to eight step process with implements ranging from a #2 pencil to a steel needle holding strands of embroidery floss.

 

Through cutting, patching, surface enhancement and quilting, bits and pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling.

For inquires please contact Fort Gansevoort Gallery at: gallery@fortgansevoort.com