Dawn Watson

Visual storyteller
holding, still
Nationality: American
Biography: After twenty-five years as a professional dancer,  Dawn Watson shifted her artistic practice to photography. Watson’s photographic renderings continue to explore form, space, light, movement and story telling, just as she did as a... read on
Public Story
holding, still
Credits: dawn watson
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - Ongoing
Updated: 01/07/19

I am a hunter and gatherer, a holder of things that bring beauty and nature into my home. Referencing Vanitas and the tradition of the Dutch masters, “holding, still” creates tableaus of these objects, both precious and ordinary, natural and made, corporeal and ephemeral. Time alters the substance and nature of these markers in space and memory. By creating images, I hold on, knowing at some point there will be a letting go.

This series of illuminated, constructed images is an invitation into this world of silence to contemplate the passage of time, the shift of space and light, and consider the matter of meaning.

 “The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.”  - Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

By Dawn Watson —

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