Dawn Watson

Visual storyteller
Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World
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... MORE
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Message from GRACE: Imaginings of an Altered World
Copyright Dawn Watson 2023
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Dec 2017
Location Array
Topics Abstract, Climate Change, Conceptual, Education, Fine Art, Photography

Message from G.R.A.C.E.: Imaginings of an Altered World Orbiting in space, NASA's G.R.A.C.E. (both acronym and poetic metaphor: Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) mission satellites relay data that has transformed analysis and understanding of Earth's system. These twin satellites are two bodies in constant motion. The shifting distance between these partners is measured by microwave sound, signaling gravitational shifts of water and mass. 
Inspired by these new observations and findings, and in an effort to make sense of our off-kilter world, my project, Message from G.R.A.C.E: Imaginings of an Altered World is an intuitive, visual imagining of a transformed world. In this work I offer an inverted reality that is present but not yet seen. The reveal of the color negative upends our understanding of the natural elements. Sky becomes ground, sand a glacier, reflection a galaxy, invasive plant species delicate lacy delights, the brilliant sun a black hole. Delicate details or vast landscapes are familiar yet strange, holding both beauty and decay, alarm and possibilities. 

This work is presented as 22.5” x 30” aluminum prints, in editions of 8 + 2 AP

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