Lynn Dunham and Dolores Poacelli
Exhibition closed: January 5, 2021
Artists Lynn Dunham and Dolores Poacelli’s exhibition showcases their explorations of space and form through their diverse approaches to abstract, multi-media paintings. With their use of distinct color, composition, and surface technique, their different approaches become evident; though both maintain a unique, rich texture that entrances the viewer to look deeper.
Informed by her work as a graphic designer and floral designer, Lynn Dunham takes on a sculptural approach, manipulating and simplifying elements within her paintings through a “pour and slather” approach, rather than adhering to traditional brushwork. This technique adds energy and vibrancy to her brightly colored works, with touches of warmth drawing you further into the paintings. Other influences evident through her work include a focus on light and relationship, derived from the core interests of her Friends’ education.
With an adamant interest in color, shape, texture, space, and tension, Dolores Poacelli’s work navigates the relationship between these artistic elements in conjunction with one another to build her abstracted works. Tight textural areas sit among flat swatches of rich color, a quietness of white space, and gestural lines, acting in harmony to deliver depth to her contemporary compositions. Poacelli states her intention to choose titles that emotionalize her works, in order to connect the “individual to the universal whole.”
Lynn Dunham (edited) Biography
is an interdisciplinary artist; she paints and sculpts, and currently digital art/pigment prints are her focus. Dunham’s practice is informed by her past experience as a graphic designer where she interpreted concepts and simplified ideas into symbols, and as a floral designer employing basic principles of dimensional form and space, proportions, and color relationships. The common thread running through her various disciplines is the influence of her Friends’ education. At the core of her thoughts is a preoccupation with light, community, acceptance, dynamism of communication, and symbiotic relationships.
When painting, Dunham thinks like a sculptor handling materials and manipulating elements manually; her preference is to pour and slather in direct contact without brushes. She builds up and takes away and uses materials such as wires and threads to draw with three-dimensionally and choose to repurpose materials. Paintings begin on canvas but transform into objects between two and three-dimensionality.
Dolore Poacelli Artist Statement
(I always say) are never easy:
especially those between
color, shape, texture, space . . .
The relationship of the part to the part,
the part to the whole and the relationship
of the piece to the viewer . . . no matter
what materials I use is all important.
I use titles to emotionalize these abstract
pieces to help communicate a connection
between the individual and
the universal whole.
In the metal pieces I use recycled aluminum
printing press plates which I sand,
cut and glue onto wood panels, they are
about energy and light, patterns and
motion, all influenced by the microcosm
of life forms, biology, and a
hint of satire.