Artist Profile

Dawn Cook

Medium: Acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed-media

Description:  From photo-realistic type drawings and paintings, to 3-D constructions

"Interactive Sound Sculpture by Blue Apple Laura and Electric Dawn" ARTIST STATEMENT con·sump·tion [kuhn-suhmp-shuhn] noun 1. the act of consuming, as by use, decay, or destruction. My recent work recycles the by-products of our consumer-oriented society into art. Each year, millions of tons of waste are generated with little or no regard to the depletion of resources involved and the terrible effects on the environment. I’ve felt a personal responsibility to do something with the waste that I generate, so I turn some of this “consumption” into artistic creations using everything from styrofoam and cardboard packaging materials to pizza boxes and all sorts of plastic and found objects. These materials often provide the structure to which I then add my drawings, paintings, photographs, and/or additional objects. The pieces usually end up being multi-dimensional (thanks to my hot glue gun!), with several layers of imagery. Sometimes I start with an idea or issue that I want to address and then sort through my recycled and found objects to create and build the piece. Other times the recycled materials themselves provide ideas for their transformation. The work itself is varied in style and technique: from photo-realistic type drawings and paintings, to three dimensional constructions with abstract backgrounds and sculptural elements. I believe that art can and should be used as a tool for social and political justice. Some of my work deals with a variety of social and political issues, from poverty and homelessness to the battleground for women’s reproductive rights. (link to article in Hartford courant) I am largely a self-taught artist, though have taken a few classes over the years. My first art show was at the Populous Pudding, an underground artist collective in Willimantic in mid 80s. Over the years I’ve gone on to participate in numerous exhibitions, from W.A.G (Worcester Artists Group), Gallery on Main – Empty Spaces Project in Putnam, Willimantic Records, Art Attack and Chaos and Joy (Vulturetown Arts – Willimantic) among others, and most recently with The Committee at Artspace in Hartford. I’ve also had several drawings published in zines and contributed artwork to charity events. I am also a musician and have been performing for many years: from classical to punk rock. For more information on musical endeavors, please check out this link, and once there click on story for history:

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