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Pamela Dodds
Come Closer: Stories in Woodcut and Linocut

Pamela Dodds, DETAIL from Undertow 2, relief print on Japanese Paper, 96 x 24 in. / 240 x 60 cm

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23, 2 - 4 p.m.
Exhibition continues: April 23 – May 21, 2017

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington is pleased to present the work of Pamela Dodds.

Working in relief print media of woodcut and linocut, Pamela Dodds explores moments in human relationships through the language and gesture of the human form. Paired female figures embrace, struggle and drift within an expressive or symbolic environment. The imagery can be read as an intimate exchange between individuals, as a reflection between two parts of a self, or, sometimes, as a representation of the shared experience of a multitude. Dodds is intrigued by the rich and layered nature of our engagements, where contrary emotions can coexist, and she plumbs these layers deftly.

Come Closer is a compelling survey of Dodds’s artwork in relief print media. The exhibition includes a selection of graphic, black-and-white linocuts, where figures alternately embrace and confront; as well as subtly carved woodcut prints depicting shared experience of an external, impersonal threat. A body of work entitled Language for a Faltering Mind employs text and non-representational imagery, a departure from the figure, where Dodds ponders the role of words and language in maintaining an intimate bond.

Undertow is an installation that fills the airy upper level of the gallery with numerous tall scroll-like colour prints that hang vertically within the space. Printed in blues with patterns of natural wood grain (printed from long boards), the effect is of an unfolding ocean, within which the viewer encounters two swimmers, and an encounter that plays out through the sequence of prints in the space.

About Pamela Dodds
Pamela Dodds is a visual artist and printmaker. She creates “from a feminist, queer sensibility that listens to, embraces and explores the inter-connectedness of all humanity across time and space. Women and women's agency are central to my concepts and imagery.” Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in USA and Canada including William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Kelowna Art Gallery, B.C.; Station Gallery, ON; Bromfield Gallery, MA; and Feminist Art Conference, OCAD U, Toronto, among others. She was a featured artist at the Lesbian ARTivisms in the Age of Globalization Colloquium, U of Ottawa, Oct, 2016. Her work has been reviewed in Art New England, Boston Globe, and Globe and Mail, among others; discussed in the blog of feminist playwright and activist Carolyn Gage (USA); and is in the collections of Carleton University, ON; Purdue University, IL; Boston Public Library, MA; Japanese Paper Place, ON; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; and many individuals.
The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington

Pamela Dodds would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; and, support from Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship, Open Studio Printmaking Centre, Toronto.

Pamela Dodds, L: Riptide, Linocut Print 24 x 16 in. / 60x40 cm, 2006; R: Drift, Linocut Print, 24 x 16 in. / 60x40 cm, 2006

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
143 Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3K8 905-623-5831
Gallery Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri: 10 - 5; Thurs: 10 - 8; Saturday 11 - 5: Sunday 1 - 4.