I was born in Rhode Island but I've lived in many places between then and now. I went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied studio art on a Spencer Love scholarship for visual arts. When my father unexpectedly died in a tragic accident, I felt compelled to work with grieving people, attended graduate school and obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. The next 20 plus years were spent working with hospice patients in rural and urban settings and grappling with the duality of both the tenacity of the human spirit and its fragility. This very sacred and intense work is the backbone of my photography echoing strong undercurrents of transition, tenderness and loss. After leaving hospice work, my photography became the vehicle with which to process the many years I witnessed families coping with grief which in turn, ultimately became the catalyst to re-visit my own grief. I combine photographs with photography based book structures, installations, objects and assemblages in my work and are meditations which explore concepts of grief, healing and spirituality. My painterly and dreamlike images speak to the internal, emotional dialogue that resides in all of us. As we move through our losses towards resolution, art in all its various forms, is the single most nuanced and emotional reminder of time’s effect on us all.
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Dawn is a full time artist living on Kerr Lake in rural North Carolina with her husband. Her work has been widely published for book covers and publications such as Time magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, SHOTS, The Hand and Diffusion magazines. She is a 2016 Critical Mass Finalist and her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at galleries including the Center for Fine Art Photography, ASmith Gallery, Southeast Center for Photography, Photoplace Gallery and Power Plant Gallery. Her work is in collections across the United States including the Rubinstein Library at Duke University, Archive of Documentary Arts. She is a 2018 nominee for the Royal Photography Society’s 100 Heroines.