Donna Dodson’s (Boston, MA) pre-med studies and her passion for Egyptian art led her to study wood and stone sculpture. African sculptures and Native American totems also influence her work.
My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary. The natural grain of the wood interacts with the form and shape of my sculptures in a descriptive way, suggesting nostrils, and nipples or garments and fabric textures. I often stylize each piece to enhance the girl, woman, princess, queen or goddess within. The mouths, or in some cases beaks, are closed symbolizing the mysteries they embody. These figures are sculpted in sizes ranging from one to four feet tall. I use color in both subtle and bold ways to activate each piece. My inspiration comes from ancient iconography and mythological imagery.
Donna Dodson graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts. She has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her artwork. Dodson enjoys public speaking, and has been a guest speaker at conferences and panels in museums and universities throughout North America. Donna regularly contributes articles to the Boston Globe’s Global Business Hub blog that demonstrate the economic impact and global reach of the arts sector. In 2011 she participated in the Verbier 3D Foundation’s Artist Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps where she created monumental outdoor sculpture. In 2012 & 2013, she exhibited at the Fountain Art Fair NYC in the historic 69th Regiment Armory Building. In 2013, she returned to Europe, to exhibit her artwork in the Netherlands and to complete a private commission for a Swiss collector. In addition, she participated in a residency in Cusco Peru at the Escuela de Bellas Artes that will culminate in an exhibition at Qorikancha Museum in February 2014. She is looking forward to exhibiting in NYC in 2014 with the Fountain Art Fair. In 2015 she will return to Austria to exhibit her art work, and she has been invited back to Qorikancha in Cusco Peru to do a residency with Andy Moerlein, as the Myth Makers.