In The Hearts Of Men

April 8 - May 13, 2017

Transitions

December 6, 2014 - January 10, 2015

Dorothea Van Camp

 

Dorothea Van Camp lives and works in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston. Recent exhibitions include: HallSpace Drawing Project 2016, HallSpace Gallery, Dorchester, MA, and Variations on a Screen at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA. She was a prizewinner at the PrintMATTERS NEXT2014 juried show at Nicole Longnecker Gallery in June 2014.

 

Her work has also been included in many print-related exhibits such as: 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibit, Peoria, IL; On the Edge, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; Imprint, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; and Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA.

 

Van Camp attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI where she received a BFA in illustration.

 

 

Artist Statement

 

“Waking up to our new reality last November, I couldn’t shake the thought that I had vastly underestimated the darkness in the hearts of my fellow citizens.

 

Whatever I had been working on in the studio quickly lost significance in my mind and I found myself just wanting to make “portraits” of hearts. Black hearts, pure hearts, complicated hearts, vacuous hearts… all set against a backdrop of the swirling baroque vortex of our increasingly detached experience of reality.”

 

Artist Process

 

"The printed mark has always been an important presence in my work. In recent years I have been using vector-based computer drawings to suggest, among other things, the intersection of body with technology.

 

I find the intricate line work of these drawings helps to reconcile an attraction to the etched or engraved line of printmaking, old master drawings, and moody chiaroscuro with our own era.

 

Searching for a suitable way to transfer the computer drawings into my work led from laser-cut stencils and lithographic transfer to screen-printing. Ultimately, I adapted the process to my purpose by using thickened oil paint printed into a wax ground.

 

The works have a tangible relief texture that makes a clear separation from digital output and is suggestive of a deeply etched intaglio print."

 

-Dorothea Van Camp

 

Artist CV

 

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