a site specific installation by Dawn Whitmore
pay it forward curator Austin Shull
April 14, 2018 - May 17, 2018
Meet the Artist Event:
Thursday April 19, 2018
7pm – 9pm
Ecdysis Harmonics examines the relationship between symbol and meaning using the icon of the snake - a creature both feared and admired throughout mythology and religion. A snake sheds regularly throughout it’s life, a process known as ecdysis, continuously leaving behind a physical marker of it’s past state of existence.
“I am interested in the metaphorical concept of shedding within the emotional and psychic realms, and curious to question how these experiences choose to manifest as physical markers. Throughout the ages sacred spaces and music have been sought to draw one into the depths and mysteries of the interior worlds. In this work I am providing the personal physical markers of my journey using photographs, sound, thread and crystal quartz, to weave together a space that forms a personal yet public vessel to be explored and excavated.” - Dawn Whitmore.
Working across media Dawn Whitmore’s site-specific installation integrates photography, sculpture, video and sound to deconstruct archetypal symbols and their associated meanings. Creating an immersive environment, Whitmore invites the viewer to engage in a shared psychological space, a fantasy landscape of crystals, gold leaf, shadows and refractions.
Dawn Whitmore (b. 1983) is a Washington, DC based visual artist whose work focuses on mythology, gender and identity. She received a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in 2005. She is presently a resident at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia. Her work has been shown in numerous venues including: the Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ), Hemphill Fine Arts Carroll Square Gallery (DC), Area 405 (MD), Spring Gallery (NY) and featured during DC FotoWeek and the Dumbo Arts Festival in NYC. She has collaborated with the Jane Franklin Dance Company (2016/17) for two stage productions. She received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities in 2016 and 2017 and an Individual Project Grant in 2018.
Austin Shull was born in Washington DC and is a multidisciplinary artist and current artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center. A pay it forward curator, Shull exhibited at Metro Micro Gallery in the Spring of 2017. He received an MFA from the School of Visual Art and a BA from Bard College. Shull participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has also completed residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center. Shull has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at venues including the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, International Print Center, Pratt Institute, Nurture Art, Exit Art, and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York; the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; the ACC Gallery in Weimar; Hall 14 Gallery in Leipzig; and the Chiado Museum in Lisbon.