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Artist Statement – Dawn Steeves

"I am fascinated with the process of art making. My professional background consists of fibre arts, digital art, printmaking and design, but, my preferred artistic process is painting. With a few pigments I attempt to create believable representational images through the employment of interesting combinations and harmonies, which assists me to expand upon my knowledge in colour theory and further develop my painting skills. I have had the pleasure to work with expert artists and teachers, particularly in the last five years, partially funded through the Charlotte Glencross scholarship in 2018 and a career development grant from ArtsNB in 2020.

My studio is a room of 160 square feet; a runway flooded in south-facing light. I understand that a studio ought to be oriented in a more north-facing lighting situation but I enjoy the warm, brief, moving light. I have two bright LED bulbs for when that sun gets so mesmerizing I can’t see what is on the easel and I have to block the window, and for when I work at night. There are many years’ worth of collected art supplies in this room, everything bristling with potential energy.

I work in sequences and series. Each series is an exploration in colour dynamics, as well as a spin around a theme. The subject is merely a backdrop for what is happening with the palette and the materials. I try to push colours to the limit, experimenting with the types of affects they can produce together. One such project received a creation grant from ArtsNB in 2019. I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy this type of experimentation."

Bio:

Dawn Steeves is a visual artist based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. With a background in fibre arts, graphic design, printmaking and digital art, since 2015 she has dedicated her artistic practice to ink drawing, and oil painting.

Dawn has shown her work in public galleries and festivals in New Brunswick including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, AX: The Arts & Culture Centre, Sussex, Galerie Restigouche in Campbellton and the annual Flourish Fest in Fredericton. Her work is included in private and public collections including four New Brunswick public schools, made possible by the Government of New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture as part of the Canada 150 Acquisition program in 2018. She was awarded grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) in 2019 and 2020.

Through her work, Dawn explores the physical and ideological tensions and relationships between the chaos of nature and the isolated structure that humankind imposes upon it by processing memories from her own life and the structures that were imposed upon her.