My work sits in a contemporary module full of dichotomy. I begin with a fleeting observation that requires spontaneous and gestural documentation but is finalized through step-by-step processes. I employ traditional paint methods to create recognizable imagery interrupted by arbitrary or random visuals. I want the work to be accessible to the viewer and provoke questions about consumable materials discarded.
I paint using watercolor, oil, acrylic, and encaustic, to create traditional imagery from the garden or landscape. I use ephemeral materials as supports as I adhere upscaled papers found in books or bins to masonite board (a recycled composite) or wood.
I like using materials that have been discarded, intended for the landfill. The printed and altered page hints at another narrative other than the one drawn or painted.
I invite my viewers to further imagine and articulate their experience with the natural world.
Dawn Marie Rozzo has lived in Raleigh, NC for the past 20 years and has been a working artist and art educator for over 30 years. She grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she spent much of her childhood exploring the hills, creeks, and farmland surrounding her home. This landscape, the North Carolina seacoast, and her garden inform her art-making. When she is not working in her home studio, she is outside in the garden or taking a walk in fields near her home. She lives with her husband and two nosey cats.
"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
Vincent Van Gogh